Sony Pictures just landed Captain America filmmaking brothers Joe Russo and Anthony Russo for a three-year, first-look features deal with the studio, starting in April. Their film Captain America: The Winter Soldier banked a whopping $714.7M worldwide for Disney and Marvel. Given the success of that property, they will next direct Captain America: Civil War for Marvel and Disney. Marvel is also circling the brothers to direct the next installments of The Avengers, sources said.
“Joe and Anthony Russo are terrifically exciting filmmakers with a sensibility that matches the tastes of audiences worldwide,” said Columbia exec Doug Belgrad, who sealed the deal with Mike DeLuca for the studio. The Russo brothers will be develop product to present to both Columbia and TriStar monikers.
It was revealed in leaked emails last year that the Russo brothers were also signing on to help produce the next Spider-Man, however that has since gone to outgoing chairman Amy Pascal along with Marvel’s Kevin Feige. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are exec producing.
The deal also comes a month after NBC gave the the OK to an untitled multi-camera comedy pilot from Aseem Batra (Animal Practice) which Batra is executive producing with the Russo brothers for Universal TV.
Added the Russos in a statement: “We’re thrilled to make a home at Sony Pictures, and to be partnering with the entire team. The studio has created an environment that is not only collaborative, but truly filmmaker-friendly and we’re excited to begin developing both new and ambitious material with them.”
The brothers are repped by WME and attorney Karl Austen.