Joe Johnston (“Hidalgo,” “The Rocketeer,” “Jurassic Park III”) is set to direct “First Avenger: Captain America” for Marvel Studios says The Hollywood Reporter.
The original 1940’s comic dealt with Steve Rogers, a rejected Army candidate who undergoes an experiment involving a sort-of ‘supersoldier serum’ that takes him to the pinnacle of human form.
The character was revived in recent years and reintroduced as part of the Avengers team, his body having been in suspended animation since the end of World War Two.
The new film is a period piece set during the Second World War, though the upcoming “The Avengers” movie in which he plays a key role will be set in the modern day. That film is also scheduled for Summer 2011.
No writers are yet attached though the project is scheduled for a May 6th 2011 release. Kevin Feige is producing.
Johnston’s next film is “The Wolfman” remake which is already complete and scheduled for release early next year.