15 Facts About Joe Johnston


Joe Johnston is an American film director, producer, writer, and visual effects artist.


Joe Johnston is best known for directing effects-driven films, including Honey, I Shrunk the Kids ; The Rocketeer ; Jumanji ; Jurassic Park III ; The Wolfman ; and Captain America: The First Avenger.


Joe Johnston began his career as a concept artist and effects technician on the first Star Wars film, directed by George Lucas, co-created the design of Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back, and was art director on one of the effects teams for the sequel Return of the Jedi.


Joe Johnston continued to work on many films as an effects expert.


Joe Johnston was associate producer on fantasy Willow, and production designer on two mid-80s TV movies which featured the Ewoks seen in Return of the Jedi.


Joe Johnston left after a year, saying he "was asked not to return" because he "broke too many rules".


Joe Johnston made his directorial debut in 1989 with hit comedy adventure Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, starring Rick Moranis.


Joe Johnston followed it with comic-book adaptation The Rocketeer.


Joe Johnston rebounded, directing the family hit Jumanji, starring Robin Williams.


Joe Johnston was set to direct Hulk, but dropped out in July 1997.


Joe Johnston then switched gears from effects-driven action films to the more personal October Sky, starring a teenage Jake Gyllenhaal as a 1950s West Virginia high school student who dreams of being a rocket scientist for NASA against his father's wishes.


Joe Johnston then took a six-year directorial break before signing on at a month's notice to take over the 2010 remake of 1941 horror classic The Wolfman.


In part thanks to his experience with the period superhero film The Rocketeer, Joe Johnston was selected to direct Marvel Studios superhero adaptation Captain America: The First Avenger.


In 2012, Joe Johnston directed the thriller Not Safe for Work for Blumhouse Productions.


On December 5,2019, it was reported that Joe Johnston was in negotiations with Disney to direct Shrunk, a legacy sequel to Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.