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Favreau Quits IRON MAN 3


By Rob M. Worley     December 15, 2010
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Favreau Quits IRON MAN 3

Late yesterday evening, New York Magazine's Vulture blog broke a major bit of news, revealing that Jon Favreau has stepped down from directing duties on Marvel's Iron Man 3 sequel.

Although the blog was unclear on the reasons for the departure, speculation is that it could be financial (we've reported numerous times on how the studio's frugality has affected the likes of Terrence Howard, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and even Favreau himself in the past) or creative (tampering with the film to jam in Avengers-related setups).

Whether or not Marvel's reputation for cheapness is earned, it's clear that Favreau is now a bankable star with a rising price tag in director circles, having delivered two box office hits in Iron Man and commanding a high salary for the upcoming summer tentpole Cowboys & Aliens.

Vulture's piece was quickly confirmed by Favreau himself, who tweeted last night, "It's true, I'm directing Magic Kingdom, not Iron Man 3. I've had a great run with Marvel and wish them the best."

Magic Kingdom is a Disney movie, part of the studio's series of films rooted in their theme-park attractions.

The director then turned to the L.A. Times Hero Complex blog as a platform to explain his reasons for turning his back on the franchise that made him a star director. Favreau's comments there suggest that the move is more a creative one than a financial decision, saying that he's looking for a project that will allow him to, "blow people away, which is easier to do with a project that isn’t loaded with built-in expectations."

Favreau expressed a fondness for the Disney lore saying it was the first "archetypes" he was exposed to as a youngster. When he heard Disney was shopping a director for the film, he took copious notes on Disneyland (the original Magic Kingdom) while visiting there with his family. "[I] had no problem filling a book with all the ideas that this concept offered, even on first blush," Favreau said of the project's allure. "Since then, I was lucky enough to be given a tour of Imagineering by Tony Baxter, who knows just about everything there is to know about Disneyland. He pulled original concept art from the archives for me and exposed me to Walt’s original vision."

At the same time, Favreau downplayed the notion that there's strife between himself and Marvel, either on the creative or financial fronts.

"Marvel and I both came of age together," Favreau told Hero Complex. "The years that we shared were a pivotal experience. [Kevin Feige] has a firm grasp on the many franchises and how they all interweave and I am happy that I had the opportunity to establish the world that these characters can now play in…. Iron Man has given me tremendous opportunities and Kevin and I are enjoying a lot of momentum in our careers thanks to the Iron Man films. I look forward to seeing what others can do playing in the same world."

Favreau remains involved with Marvel as a producer for The Avengers.

What do you think, Maniacs? Is this bad news for IRON MAN 3? Who should direct the movie now that the job is open? Post your comments below...

Thanks to ninjaBam and jumblue for the submission.



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Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Visit Scratch9.com for news and info!


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snew929 12/15/2010 6:59:05 AM

Okay that just sucks!  Favreau Made Iron Man.  I  don't know of anyone else who will convey the reverance and love of the material.......sad sad day

goldeneyez 12/15/2010 7:01:02 AM

Wow... somebody call Seth Rogan an ambulance the way Rob sliced him.

RedHood2010 12/15/2010 7:02:49 AM

Well....bummer.  Will be interested to know what exactly the issue(S) are.  I can't believe he has a problem tying the next movie to upcoming Marvel movies.

kinetoscope 12/15/2010 7:07:31 AM

No Favreau for IM3? That's too bad. I hope this changes and they can come to some middle ground. Don't let a good thing die the wrong way Marvel. He has made you lots of money help him out.

jedibanner 12/15/2010 7:07:54 AM

Wow....Favreau out?? That's big news...as much as I love Marvel, it seems they are very ''protective'' of their investment with their movies.

The wonderful world of movies...there's no business like it.

Tevii 12/15/2010 7:09:37 AM

well looks like Iron man will be hot with the third movie curse.

Superman, Spiderman, X-men now Iron man... thats too bad

raa2001 12/15/2010 7:12:02 AM

 That sucks. He helps make Marvel millions of dollars on great Iron Man films and they want to screw him? What is up with some of these movie studios?? Give the man some space!!  He has definitely proved himself worthy!

CastBroad 12/15/2010 7:20:14 AM

Come on... we were all brain washed by Iron Man I.  It was great.  It was so good that our brains refused to believe that the second one wasn't... and it wasn't!  Watch it again thinking, "Is this truly a good movie/story/etc." and you will find that it isn't.  Favreau being out is not a bad thing.

Wiseguy 12/15/2010 7:21:25 AM

1-Congrats and thanks to Favreau for a great Iron Man and a decent sequel. But some of that credit goes to RDJ who improvised and helped a lot with the character.

2-I don't get this notion by fans that only one person should direct or play a certain role. These are rotating jobs, actors and directors will come and go. I care more for the character and a well done story, so no tears from this fan

3- You were obviously having trouble with the fantasy aspect of this universe (aside from any other differences) even though from the beginning Marvel wasn't keeping their larger goal secret.

4-But I give you credit for walking if you knew you couldn't handle it properly.

5- I don't think it's a money thing. Favreau's next movie is The Kingdom or something like that for Disney, Marvel's owner.

Joe Carnahan for DEADPOOL

Calibur454 12/15/2010 7:25:00 AM

RDJ and farreau made iron man this could be bad- I thought creative differences would be the cause of the split but apparently not. Marvel should loosen the pocket book they know they have a certified hit with Iron Man 3

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