Captain America: Civil War is burning up the box office charts, but directors Anthony and Joe Russo are already hard at work on their next project, the two-part Avengers: Infinity War (which will be getting a new title somewhere along the way). Speaking with Deadline this week, the duo revealed that writing has been underway for months:
DEADLINE: When do you start these Avengers films?
JOSEPH RUSSO: We already started them, a couple months ago. We had to. We start shooting in November, two movies back to back. So we need two scripts ASAP, and we probably started working on them six months ago.
DEADLINE: So you took advantage of shooting, while you had all those actors in costume?
JOSEPH RUSSO: Not in terms of shooting. Just story.
ANTHONY RUSSO: Just story, with Markus and McFeely, the writers. Hardcore conversations. As soon as we got into post on this movie, we gave ourselves a few weeks to transition and then we spent half days with the writers, and half in the edit room, for months. We’ll get the first draft of both scripts when [Captain America: Civil War] opens.
Being able to craft the story for the next two Avengers films while simultaneously working on post-production for Civil War is a pretty impressive feat – particularly when considering how solid the film’s pacing and storytelling came together. The Russo brothers have already turned in two stellar films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they’re going to need to ramp things up considerably for the next two, and Anthony acknowledges the difficulty that lies ahead with shooting both films back-to-back:
“It’s a very hard way to do it, but here’s the upside: you get to play with all these actors. It’s very hard to make that work financially as a studio, as a producer, to assemble that level of talent, and make them available for those movies. So it’s just that’s the way you have to work. It’s a hard way to work.”
Avengers: Infinity War heads into production in November, with the first installment scheduled for release on May 4th, 2018, and the follow-up slated for May 3rd, 2019.
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