‘Jumanji’ director Johnston does ‘Captain America’



In this July 16, 2001 file photo, director Joe Johnston arrives at the world premiere of the movie “Jurassic Park III,” in Los Angeles. Chris Weeks, The Associated Press

By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – Captain America has a new boss.

Joe Johnston, whose credits include “Jurassic Park III” and “Jumanji,” has been signed to direct the comic-book adaptation “The First Avenger: Captain America,” Marvel Studios announced Monday.

The movie is scheduled for release May 6, 2011, the same weekend that Marvel scored a blockbuster this year with “Iron Man,” starring Robert Downey Jr. “Iron Man 2” comes out May 7, 2010.

Distributed by Paramount Pictures, “Captain America” is based on the Marvel Comics character Steve Rogers, who volunteers for a research program that transforms him into a patriotic super-soldier. The lead role has not yet been cast.

Marvel also is teaming Captain America with Downey’s Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor and other superheroes from the comic-book giant’s vaults for “The Avengers,” due in theaters July 15, 2011.

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Johnston is directing “The Wolf Man,” an update of the horror classic starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins that comes out in 2009. His other credits include “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” ”The Rocketeer” and “October Sky.”