THR says the two are “close to finalizing a deal,” after F. Gary Gray and George Nolfi were also considered. The Russos are definitely an unconventional choice to helm a superhero sequel — they’re best known for their work directing many episodes of acclaimed sitcoms Arrested Development, Community and Happy Endings, and their major feature film credits are limited to the little-seen Welcome to Collinwood and the critically reviled You, Me and Dupree. But as many have pointed out, that fairly consistent with past choices by Marvel Studios. it was a bit of a surprise for Jon Favreau to direct the original Iron Man, after all, and that seemed to work out pretty well for everybody.
Whether or not this means that Britta from Community, Gob from Arrested Development and Max from Happy Endings will join Steve Rogers as the new Cap’s Kooky Quartet remains to be seen, but one can certainly hope.
Captain America 2 is scheduled for release on April 4, 2014. The original film, released last summer, was directed by The Rocketeer‘s Joe Johnston, and, as you may have heard tale of, Chris Evans’ Captain America also appeared in current mega-monster-super hit The Avengers.