Joe Johnston is going to call it a career!
Currently preparing to work on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, which will begin production next summer, Johnston has announced that he will officially retire from directing after work on that film is complete. Johnston started his directing career in 1989 with Honey, I Shrunk the Kids after working as a bit-part actor, production designer, and producer for LucasFilm productions.
Johnston’s most well known films in his repetoire as a director include The Rocketeer, the original Jumanji, Jurassic Park III, the 2010 remake of The Wolfman, and 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. Johnston’s films tend to have quite the retro look that fits perfectly with the material given. His most recent films include the thriller Not Safe for Work in 2014 and the made-for-TV film Lumen.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair is scheduled for release in 2019 and this will be Johnston’s final film. It has been a memorable career and one can only hope he goes out with a bang with this film.