Monday, February 14, 2011

Shane Black's Iron Man 3?

Oh it's good to be a geek: Shane Black is in the running to write and direct Iron Man 3 for Marvel Studios.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story, which reports that the writer of Lethal Weapon has met with Marvel execs to discuss his take on the third movie in Tony Stark's franchise.

The Reporter notes that "Black's involvement is far from a sure thing," and that other filmmakers are under consideration. The director of the previous two movies, Jon Favreau, left the franchise in 2010.

If Black has any "inside track" with the property, it's that he has worked with the film's star, Robert Downey, Jr. before, on Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, which Black also wrote and directed. (Downey's contract gives him approval on who can direct the film.) 

Black, who made his career writing big-payday action movies like 1987's Lethal Weapon and 1996's The Long Kiss Goodnight (which starred Nick Fury himself, Samuel L. Jackson!), is having a career resurgence of late. He was recently tapped to adapt the manga Death Note for Warner Bros., and work on Sony's Doc Savage movie.

Little is known about Iron Man 3, other than it stars Downey Jr. and will be released May 3, 2013. 

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