Director Louis Leterrier has done quite a lot for action films, including a series of fun Transporter movies. He also helped us forget about what Ang Lee did to The Hulk. Though both fanboys and studios are split down the middle on how Leterrier’s Incredible Hulk actually turned out, he is still talking about doing more work with Marvel Studios and even the “jade giant” himself.
In an interview with the LA Times, the director talked about his real dream for the next few Marvel movies.
I’ll tell you my real dream: To work with Joe Johnston, [“Thor” director] Kenneth Branagh and Jon Favreau and make like a triptych. We do four movies. We release them one a month for the summer. Or even every two weeks or three weeks. And the whole summer would be Avengers summer. So we do it the way they make television shows. One story arc but told in installments by different directors.
So all of the directors that touch part of the Avengers world would do a part; we could make the movies shorter, maybe less than an hour and a half, and we use the same sets and save Marvel money. I would love to sit around a table with all of them a kick around the story. That’s my dream.
While this would be a pretty amazing feat, even for Marvel, it doesn’t seem very likely. Marvel may be the umbrella over the heads of directors like Branagh and Favreau, they are still given some pretty free reign with their film. It’s unlikely that they would agree to be confined to an episodic film, rather than try to stand out on their own. There isn’t even any official word whether or not Thor will have any direct connections to the Avengers film.
Leterrier is currently working on his own massive project, an updated Clash of the Titans for Legendary Pictures. The current Marvel Studios schedule has Iron Man 2 out May 7 of next year, Branagh’s Thor to hit theaters May 20 of 2011, and The First Avenger: Captain America out two months later on July 22. The final film, The Avengers is slated for May 4, 2012, so we have quite some time for Marvel to decide on if Leterrier’s Avengers Summer dream will become a reality.