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Jon Favreau gushes over Magic Kingdom, avoids Iron Man 3 scorn

12.15.2010

Jon Favreau's sudden departure from the Iron Man franchise has been a stunner to many, and the reasoning behind his decision has been hotly debated since yesterday. We saw an anonymously sourced report from ComicBookMovie which claimed it went down because IRON MAN 2's shittiness (as a result of studio interference) had caused his friendship with Downey Jr. to dissolve, pointing to the fact the two rarely did press together for the film, and why Downey left Favreau's COWBOYS AND ALIENS and Favreau turned down AVENGERS.

But in a new interview with the LA Times, Favreau mentions none of that, instead extolling the virtues of MAGIC KINGDOM, his new next film based on the Disney theme park, which above all else, isn't a superhero franchise people have massive expectations for.

The main impulse was to “find something that lights a fire” inside of him as a filmmaker and gives him a chance to “blow people away, which is easier to do with a project that isn’t loaded with built-in expectations.”

“Between the theme parks and the movies, the Disney iconography was probably the first set of archetypes that I was exposed to,” Favreau said of his youth in Flushing, N.Y. “Walt was able to expose me as a child to the full array of emotions, including fear and sorrow. Those movies and attractions haunted my dreams and made a deep impression on me as a child. When I first heard about the ['Magic Kingdom' film] project, I was on my way to visit Disneyland with my family. I took notes and had no problem filling a book with all the ideas that this concept offered, even on first blush. 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.”

From what I can gather, this is something along the lines of "everything in the Disney park comes alive at night" so NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM with licensed characters I guess. But the man did good work with his last kids' film ELF, so hopefully he can create something memorable here.

I do believe that a fallout with both Kevin Feige and subsequently Downey Jr. is probably his main reason for departure, but I don't blame him for not publically commenting on that and burning bridges.

What do you think of the whole situation?

Extra Tidbit: In Google image searching, I have learned that there's a good looking Obama speechwriter also named Jon Favreau.

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9:20PM on 12/16/2010
Since Iron Man 2 was one of the top films of the summer and maybe the entire year, I'm glad most of us are ignoring that slam in this article. Favs staying in the Disney family and still producing Avengers means all this gossip is mostly without merit. Favs has devoted almost 5 years of his life to Iron Man and has to do so under every fanboy scrutiny possible. That doesn't even take in to effect the jealous haters of the world. If he's had enough, that's more then fine. He delivered two great
Since Iron Man 2 was one of the top films of the summer and maybe the entire year, I'm glad most of us are ignoring that slam in this article. Favs staying in the Disney family and still producing Avengers means all this gossip is mostly without merit. Favs has devoted almost 5 years of his life to Iron Man and has to do so under every fanboy scrutiny possible. That doesn't even take in to effect the jealous haters of the world. If he's had enough, that's more then fine. He delivered two great films and moved on.
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8:54PM on 12/16/2010
This movie sounds like it's gonna be incredible. It really sounds like Favreau understands the emotions we feel as children watching these fairytales so i'm really looking forward to this one
This movie sounds like it's gonna be incredible. It really sounds like Favreau understands the emotions we feel as children watching these fairytales so i'm really looking forward to this one
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8:17AM on 12/16/2010

Don't get it.

Maybe it's just because I'm a huge Marvel geek, but I thought all of the Marvel Studio movies have been good. Yes, I liked IM2 and Hulk. I think Thor looks cool, and Cap's promising. They at least stay true to the characters of the comics, unlike some other, more FANTASTIC Marvel flicks. If Favs doesn't want it, that's cool. I'll buy a ticket for IM3 and probably dig it.
Maybe it's just because I'm a huge Marvel geek, but I thought all of the Marvel Studio movies have been good. Yes, I liked IM2 and Hulk. I think Thor looks cool, and Cap's promising. They at least stay true to the characters of the comics, unlike some other, more FANTASTIC Marvel flicks. If Favs doesn't want it, that's cool. I'll buy a ticket for IM3 and probably dig it.
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8:11AM on 12/16/2010

umm...

tassi...go fuck yourself. IM2 was not shitty, there were moments and the climax was lackluster, but to say the whole this was shitty? Jon wants to walk away and direct 'Zathura 2' the be my guest dude, its your career, fuck it up how ever you wish.
tassi...go fuck yourself. IM2 was not shitty, there were moments and the climax was lackluster, but to say the whole this was shitty? Jon wants to walk away and direct 'Zathura 2' the be my guest dude, its your career, fuck it up how ever you wish.
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1:51AM on 12/16/2010

IM2 wasn't "shitty"

IM2 just wasn't that good. They needed to step back and tweek the script a bit more. Why bring Tony Stark's father into it? Hell, how did Nick Fury even know Tony Stark was sick? There were too many plot holes. They had an opening: Tony Stark lets Rhodney "steal" the War Machine armor. Nick Fury asks why. They could have had Tony Stark say "I'm dying. The armor is killing me." Nick Fury could then bring in somebody who is a specialist, namely Hank Pym. I wonder if they even planned to
IM2 just wasn't that good. They needed to step back and tweek the script a bit more. Why bring Tony Stark's father into it? Hell, how did Nick Fury even know Tony Stark was sick? There were too many plot holes. They had an opening: Tony Stark lets Rhodney "steal" the War Machine armor. Nick Fury asks why. They could have had Tony Stark say "I'm dying. The armor is killing me." Nick Fury could then bring in somebody who is a specialist, namely Hank Pym. I wonder if they even planned to go that route at some point and then decided against it in favour of bringing in Tony Stark's father. Big mistake: it didn't make sense. Tony Stark's armor is killing him and the solution is something his father figured out decades ago and hid away so that he would someday find. Whaaat?

Anyway, wasn't IM2 affected by the writer's strike?
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8:53AM on 12/16/2010
Wow. I got a +3! Cool.

Anyway, I went away, taught a class and then had a bit more time to think about this: the script almost certainly had Hank Pym in it at one point. They had his father in it for emotional impact. That and because the movie had enough characters already. It didn't make sense though. It was supposed to be about Tony Stark learning how to fix his armor so it wouldn't kill him but they threw in the whole bit about his father loving him and knowing his potential and all
Wow. I got a +3! Cool.

Anyway, I went away, taught a class and then had a bit more time to think about this: the script almost certainly had Hank Pym in it at one point. They had his father in it for emotional impact. That and because the movie had enough characters already. It didn't make sense though. It was supposed to be about Tony Stark learning how to fix his armor so it wouldn't kill him but they threw in the whole bit about his father loving him and knowing his potential and all that. So his father knew he would get shrapnel in his heart, build an Iron Man suit and have to fix it or die? And Nick Fury knew that the solution to Tony's problem was in the old film reel? It doesn't really bear thinking about, does it?
9:41PM on 12/15/2010

Dunno

I also am surprised to head that IM2 was "shitty." Hell, just the Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johannson scenes were worth admission. I hope that studio control was not the issue of Fav's departure - Disney controls their IP's like Cruella DeVille...
I also am surprised to head that IM2 was "shitty." Hell, just the Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johannson scenes were worth admission. I hope that studio control was not the issue of Fav's departure - Disney controls their IP's like Cruella DeVille...
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8:37PM on 12/15/2010
I loved Iron Man 2, to be honest i dont think i've seen a movie i've liked more so far this year, and there's only 2 weeks left of 2010??
I loved Iron Man 2, to be honest i dont think i've seen a movie i've liked more so far this year, and there's only 2 weeks left of 2010??
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5:12PM on 12/15/2010
So whos going to star in one third of the film? Seriously, the guys a good director but the only two directors who have any business of putting them selves in their own movies are Hitchcock and Shinys Tsukamoto. Personally I could care less, I'm sick to death of these super hero movies each damn year.
So whos going to star in one third of the film? Seriously, the guys a good director but the only two directors who have any business of putting them selves in their own movies are Hitchcock and Shinys Tsukamoto. Personally I could care less, I'm sick to death of these super hero movies each damn year.
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1:37PM on 12/15/2010
"Iron Man 2" was shitty? News to me. Not as good as the first, but I plenty dug it.
"Iron Man 2" was shitty? News to me. Not as good as the first, but I plenty dug it.
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12:24PM on 12/15/2010
So he rage quits IM3 because he wasn't going to have god control over it's story and now he's all "Disney, your cock is so big in my mouth"!

Whatever. Fuck Disney.
So he rage quits IM3 because he wasn't going to have god control over it's story and now he's all "Disney, your cock is so big in my mouth"!

Whatever. Fuck Disney.
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11:22AM on 12/15/2010
Man I am still just not big on this Magic Kingdom movie. I love Disney World but this concept still seems ridiculous to me. Since I love Fav and Disney World I guess I will keep my eye on it though.
Man I am still just not big on this Magic Kingdom movie. I love Disney World but this concept still seems ridiculous to me. Since I love Fav and Disney World I guess I will keep my eye on it though.
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11:21AM on 12/15/2010

Obama's Favreau

is also Mr. Rashida Jones
is also Mr. Rashida Jones
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11:13AM on 12/15/2010
I've gained a Lot of respect for him. If he's no longer feeling the franchise and that magic from the first movie, then he SHOULD leave. Otherwise his heart won't be in it and it'll make the movie even shittier.

Also, Magic Kingdom may sound like Night at the Museum, but I think there's more to it than that, and Favreu knows how to make great kid/family flicks.

He'll be fine, Marvel will be fine. Lets move on.
I've gained a Lot of respect for him. If he's no longer feeling the franchise and that magic from the first movie, then he SHOULD leave. Otherwise his heart won't be in it and it'll make the movie even shittier.

Also, Magic Kingdom may sound like Night at the Museum, but I think there's more to it than that, and Favreu knows how to make great kid/family flicks.

He'll be fine, Marvel will be fine. Lets move on.
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11:12AM on 12/15/2010
I've only recently been hearing about how "terrible" IM2 was. I dug it, and had thought it was well received at the time. Huh...
I've only recently been hearing about how "terrible" IM2 was. I dug it, and had thought it was well received at the time. Huh...
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1:08PM on 12/15/2010
Was a MAJOR let down for me . . .
Was a MAJOR let down for me . . .
4:35PM on 12/15/2010
I can't speak for anyone else, but I thought IM2 was pretty disappointing, compared to the first movie. Not horrible, but I don't plan on seeing it again.
I can't speak for anyone else, but I thought IM2 was pretty disappointing, compared to the first movie. Not horrible, but I don't plan on seeing it again.
4:37PM on 12/15/2010
Def a major letdown for me..however I did like Rourke in it
Def a major letdown for me..however I did like Rourke in it
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