Why did I sort of almost see this one coming? Only half way official as it comes - up to now - only from this blog: http://goneelsewhere.wordpress.com/2008/11/10/vincent-gallo-walks-off-captain-america-joe-johnston-to-replace/
Vincent Gallo walks off ‘Captain America’, Joe Johnston to replace
November 10, 2008 by James
Director Vincent Gallo has walked off of Marvel/Paramount’s production of Captain America: The First Avenger citing creative differences. Gallo and the studio publicly came to blows last week after scribe refused to remove what would have been the first* “on-camera brown shower in a major studio production” from his screenplay.
After talks broke down with potential replacements Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, Ms. 45) and Todd Solondz (Happiness) Marvel has hired Joe “Diet Ratner” Johnston to helm. Johnston is best known for his work on Jurassic Park 3 and for stubbornly refusing to develop a personal style over two decades of output.
Gallo’s treatment for the film, which was widely circulated on the internet in recent weeks, follows the exploits of Captain America (Gallo) as he battles addiction to “soldier serum” while chasing the Red Skull (Paul Caledron, Derek Luke in flashbacks) over the course of a single night in Manhattan. Along the way, he enlists a terminally-ill homeless man (Steve Buscemi) as his new Bucky; drunkenly participants in a gay bashing against a Stark Industries employee (Anthony Rapp) and his lover (Terry Crews); and encounters a husband/wife taxi driving team (Cataline Sandino Moreno, Harvey Keitel) who entice him into robbing a meth lab with promises of group sex. Treatment ends with a Shylamayan-style twist, as the entire adventure is revealed to have been the masturbatory fantasy of a young Steve Rogers in the 1920’s.
No word on whether elements of Gallo’s work will be incorporated into Johnston’s version.