Captain America gains writers
...and the rest of the world shrugs its shoulders. I'm really curious to see just how well a Captain America film is going to play outside of America, especially in the current political climate. Well, to be fair things are easing off and the future looks brighter (despite impending financial doom everywhere we look) but Captain America stands for American values and is everything American. Some might find that hard to swallow on screen.
So the the news that two writers with an interesting couple of films behind them are taking on the project has me interested. More to see what they can do with the project, and which director takes their script on board.
Really, I don't see a Captain America film doing well outside of the U.S., even if they are gearing it up to be part of The Avengers by calling it First Avenger: Captain America. Actually, there's another thing, isn't The Avengers another more American geared team? Isn't that film going to have some trouble in the box office outside of the U.S.?
I don't mean to the scale of Captain America, but is The Avengers such a widely known and well read comic elsewhere in the world? Maybe I'm just judging it on the availability of the comics when I was young, and the comics I was drawn to, because they certainly weren't those ones.
Maybe I'm reading too much into it, and the news from The Hollywood Reporter that Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are negotiating for the writing roles is good news, after all behind them they have The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, You Kill Me and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. Now that's a fair mixed bag, but also a pretty successful mixed bag too.
There's also the news that the Captain America stand alone film is going to be set in World War II, and that's got some interest right there. It's surely going to be more palatable for a non-U.S. audience too, that is if they don't make America the saviour of the war yet again and rewrite history. Actually scrub that, that doesn't appear to make any difference to audiences.
Personally I'm not hopeful, but I'm beginning to see how they are making this more palatable for world wide audiences. What do you think?