Joe and Anthony Russo, who exec produce NBC’s “Community” and ABC’s “Happy Endings,” are in final negotiations to direct the sequel to “Captain America: The First Avenger” for Marvel Studios and Disney.
Marvel and the Russos’ reps had no comment on the hire.
Chris Evans is set to reprise his role as titular super soldier Steve Rogers, while Samuel L. Jackson will once again appear as S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury. “Captain America” scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely wrote the pic, which will be produced by Marvel’s Kevin Feige. Disney will release the highly anticipated sequel on April 4, 2014.
The Russo brothers beat out George Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau”) for the coveted gig. Duo made their feature directorial debuts with Warner Bros.’ 2002 crime comedy “Welcome to Collinwood” before going on to helm Universal’s 2006 comedy “You, Me and Dupree.” They’ve also helmed numerous episodes of “Community” and “Arrested Development.”
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Joe Johnston directed the first “Captain America,” which grossed $368 million worldwide last year.
The Russo brothers are repped by WME, 3 Arts Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.