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Lethal Weapon writer Shane Black may take over Iron Man 3?

02.09.2011

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Yes, writer Shane Black (LETHAL WEAPON, THE LAST BOY SCOUT, etc.) could possibly reunite with his KISS KISS BANG BANG star Robert Downey Jr. when Tony Stark returns to the screen post-AVENGERS for a third IRON MAN.

Marvel is currently looking for someone to fill the Favreau-sized hole in their movie universe, and has reportedly met with Black about firing up the red-and-gold suit with RDJ. Black would direct IRON MAN 3 (which would only be his second feature behind the camera after KKBB) and presumably kick the script into shape.

Black's involvement is far from a done deal, and the studios are also looking at other filmmakers. But still, the established Black-Downey rapport would be a terrific starting point, yeah?

While Black has never directed such huge action before, he's obviously put plenty of it on the page and has it in his blood (and plenty of directors start with smaller fare before graduating to blockbusters). Other potential directing gigs for Black include pulp hero DOC SAVAGE and an adatpation of the manga DEATH NOTE.

Extra Tidbit: Disney already has a release date of May 3, 2013 slotted for IRON MAN 3.
Source: Heat Vision

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2:31PM on 02/10/2011
This is a pretty cool move. But I'm guessing it's not going to be his script. Which would be the worst part of the movie.
Also I'd prefer for him to do Death Note because he actually came out and said he likes it. And comic book movies done by comic book fans are generally awesome.
This is a pretty cool move. But I'm guessing it's not going to be his script. Which would be the worst part of the movie.
Also I'd prefer for him to do Death Note because he actually came out and said he likes it. And comic book movies done by comic book fans are generally awesome.
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3:31PM on 02/10/2011
They might actually let him write it. They let Whedon write the Avengers script.
They might actually let him write it. They let Whedon write the Avengers script.
3:36AM on 02/11/2011
I thought it was that he was given a already written script and he just did some super heavy rewrites to it? But maybe I'm thinking of rewrites to America.
I thought it was that he was given a already written script and he just did some super heavy rewrites to it? But maybe I'm thinking of rewrites to America.
6:12AM on 02/11/2011
Well... As far as I remember, Marck Steven johnson was a fan of Daredevil and Ghost Rider... So a good fan doesn't make a good director... On the other side, their is Snider and Watchmen, so maybe you're right...
Anyway, with Shane Black, my hopes have just risen to new level :-)
Well... As far as I remember, Marck Steven johnson was a fan of Daredevil and Ghost Rider... So a good fan doesn't make a good director... On the other side, their is Snider and Watchmen, so maybe you're right...
Anyway, with Shane Black, my hopes have just risen to new level :-)
8:31AM on 02/10/2011
I hate when a series changes directors. The next one will have probably a different feel than the others. I hate when that happens
I hate when a series changes directors. The next one will have probably a different feel than the others. I hate when that happens
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7:58AM on 02/10/2011
That would be great! Perfect director also for the more comedic character that is Stark.

Actually, imo. the best thing about IM2, was the funny parts with especially Sam Rockwell;

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These are the Cubans, baby. This is the Cohibas, the Montecristos. This is a kinetic-kill, side-winder vehicle with a secondary [link] RDX burst. It's capable of busting a bunker under the bunker you just busted. If it were any smarter, it'd write a book, a book that would make Ulysses look like it was
That would be great! Perfect director also for the more comedic character that is Stark.

Actually, imo. the best thing about IM2, was the funny parts with especially Sam Rockwell;

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These are the Cubans, baby. This is the Cohibas, the Montecristos. This is a kinetic-kill, side-winder vehicle with a secondary [link] RDX burst. It's capable of busting a bunker under the bunker you just busted. If it were any smarter, it'd write a book, a book that would make Ulysses look like it was written in crayon. It would read it to you. This is my Eiffel Tower. This is my Rachmaninoff's Third. My Pieta. It's completely elegant, it's bafflingly beautiful, and it's capable of reducing the population of any standing structure to zero. I call it "The Ex-Wife."
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3:07AM on 02/10/2011
I hadn't even thought of Shane Black but damn, let's hope it happens. Hopefully he makes up for Justin Theroux's awful IM2 script.
I hadn't even thought of Shane Black but damn, let's hope it happens. Hopefully he makes up for Justin Theroux's awful IM2 script.
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1:33AM on 02/10/2011
This is too good to be true, which means it probably won't happen. But man, would that be cool.
This is too good to be true, which means it probably won't happen. But man, would that be cool.
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12:36AM on 02/10/2011
Favs did indeed do a great job but left on his own terms which was great. I trust Marvel will find the right captain to head the ship of this franchise. Just like Favs proved TWICE, all you need is intelligence, passion, a good script and a great cast. The rest will fall in to place. They have the cast and FX locked in place. So, write a good story and get a cinematographer that knows action and they'll be in business!
Favs did indeed do a great job but left on his own terms which was great. I trust Marvel will find the right captain to head the ship of this franchise. Just like Favs proved TWICE, all you need is intelligence, passion, a good script and a great cast. The rest will fall in to place. They have the cast and FX locked in place. So, write a good story and get a cinematographer that knows action and they'll be in business!
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1:24AM on 02/10/2011
Actually, Favs proved TWICE that you DON'T need a good script, at least not when you start filming. The X-Men, Iron Man and Spiderman films all started filming before the scripts were finished. Sometimes that works. Sometimes not.
Actually, Favs proved TWICE that you DON'T need a good script, at least not when you start filming. The X-Men, Iron Man and Spiderman films all started filming before the scripts were finished. Sometimes that works. Sometimes not.
12:23AM on 02/10/2011
I actually don't know about this. Don't get me wrong, I think Shane Black is a hell of a writer, and I think his dialogue will be PERFECT for Iron-Man 3. It's not even a problem with his directing, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was awesome.

My problem is there was really zero DRAMA in Iron-Man 2. It just played out like a straight comedy. It was totally entertaining but at no point was he in any situation I didn't think he could easily get out of. I'm just worried that adding Black, while adding to
I actually don't know about this. Don't get me wrong, I think Shane Black is a hell of a writer, and I think his dialogue will be PERFECT for Iron-Man 3. It's not even a problem with his directing, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was awesome.

My problem is there was really zero DRAMA in Iron-Man 2. It just played out like a straight comedy. It was totally entertaining but at no point was he in any situation I didn't think he could easily get out of. I'm just worried that adding Black, while adding to the comedy, will only make the drama even worse.
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12:23AM on 02/10/2011
Shane Black is one of my all time favorite writers for film and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of my favorite films of the past decade.

Him doing Iron Man 3 with Robert Downey Jr. is a brilliant idea and the two would make one of the most epic superhero movies of all time.

So why the red bar? This: "Disney already has a release date of May 3, 2013 slotted for IRON MAN 3."

This will, in no way, shape, or form be a Shane Black film. It's a Marvel film. They know what they're doing every step
Shane Black is one of my all time favorite writers for film and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of my favorite films of the past decade.

Him doing Iron Man 3 with Robert Downey Jr. is a brilliant idea and the two would make one of the most epic superhero movies of all time.

So why the red bar? This: "Disney already has a release date of May 3, 2013 slotted for IRON MAN 3."

This will, in no way, shape, or form be a Shane Black film. It's a Marvel film. They know what they're doing every step of the way and if Shane Black takes this job, he will be no more than a puppet. They'll tell him to jump and all he can ask is how high. Believe me, all they need is someone who can competently follow directions. They may as well hire someone like Shawn Levy because the end result will be the same exact film. The director doesn't matter.

Anybody, and I mean anybody, can direct Iron Man 3 because the studio execs will be there every day of filming, telling you what to shoot. The execs are the real directors, as they were on IM2.

Directing IM3 would be a completely restrictive and thankless role. You won't see Black's witty dialogue because Marvel already knows what they want Stark to say and do.

Shane Black is incredibly talented and should instead work on a project where his skill and talent will actually be utilized. Quite frankly, I'd rather see a Shane Black Doc Savage film. His sarcastic quips and enjoyable bantering characters lends itself wonderfully to an Indiana Jones type adventure film like Doc Savage.

That would be much better than seeing him be pushed aside "directing" Iron Man 3.
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12:21AM on 02/10/2011
IMO no one can replace Favs. It'd be like if someone other than Jackson was doing the Hobbit.
I thought IM2 was better than the 1st one, and possibly the best mainstream comic adaptation to date. I hope Marvel trys to bring Jon back and let him complete his trilogy with Mandarin.

And if they are bringing someone in then this is a horrible choice.
IMO no one can replace Favs. It'd be like if someone other than Jackson was doing the Hobbit.
I thought IM2 was better than the 1st one, and possibly the best mainstream comic adaptation to date. I hope Marvel trys to bring Jon back and let him complete his trilogy with Mandarin.

And if they are bringing someone in then this is a horrible choice.
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1:33AM on 02/10/2011
Iron Man 2 was faithful to the spirit of the comics but I really would have rather seen Hank Pym introduced in that movie than have Tony get advice from an old news real left behind from his father. My guess is that it was a question of casting what would have been a potential major role for the Avengers franchise or maybe they just didn't want to step on Edgar Wright's toes and tell him who he was going to use to play Hank Pym.
Iron Man 2 was faithful to the spirit of the comics but I really would have rather seen Hank Pym introduced in that movie than have Tony get advice from an old news real left behind from his father. My guess is that it was a question of casting what would have been a potential major role for the Avengers franchise or maybe they just didn't want to step on Edgar Wright's toes and tell him who he was going to use to play Hank Pym.
3:35PM on 02/10/2011
ya and that would have shut up all the haters talking about how iron man 2 was just a big comercial for the Avengers--pause smh
ya and that would have shut up all the haters talking about how iron man 2 was just a big comercial for the Avengers--pause smh
12:09AM on 02/10/2011

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

I knew RDJ was back after seeing it. One of my favorite action comedies of all time.
Look up idiot in the dictionary. You know what you'll find?
A picture of me?
A picture of me?
No, The definition of the word idiot, which you fucking are!

I knew RDJ was back after seeing it. One of my favorite action comedies of all time.
Look up idiot in the dictionary. You know what you'll find?
A picture of me?
A picture of me?
No, The definition of the word idiot, which you fucking are!

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11:45PM on 02/09/2011
besides him beating the shit out of his wife, great damn pick for Iron3
besides him beating the shit out of his wife, great damn pick for Iron3
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11:43PM on 02/09/2011
Shane Black is perfect for the sensibilities of Iron Man. Period.
Shane Black is perfect for the sensibilities of Iron Man. Period.
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11:03PM on 02/09/2011
This could be....great, actually.
This could be....great, actually.
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10:56PM on 02/09/2011

I REALLY DON'T SEE WHY THEIR MAKING A THIRD...

I mean once you put The Avengers together, how do you go back to making just an IRON MAN movie again without it turning into The Avengers 1.1? Then you know there's gonna an Avengers sequel, so their really gonna burn out audiences, and RDJ on IRON MAN. They should focus on other characters after The Avengers movie to tie in to the sequel, like make an origin movie for Black Panther after The Avengers, then have him appear in the sequel.
I mean once you put The Avengers together, how do you go back to making just an IRON MAN movie again without it turning into The Avengers 1.1? Then you know there's gonna an Avengers sequel, so their really gonna burn out audiences, and RDJ on IRON MAN. They should focus on other characters after The Avengers movie to tie in to the sequel, like make an origin movie for Black Panther after The Avengers, then have him appear in the sequel.
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11:18PM on 02/09/2011
I don't know if there will be an Avengers 2.

What would be neat is if they make this first Avengers one and it's sort of the origin of the Avengers, how they came to be - with the Hulk and all that and then after that there were no more 'Avengers' movies just movies focused on the specific characters of the avengers such as Iron Man 3, but then have some of the Avengers show up in it and help him... something like that. It'd just be too hard to pull off a bunch of Avengers movies I think...
I don't know if there will be an Avengers 2.

What would be neat is if they make this first Avengers one and it's sort of the origin of the Avengers, how they came to be - with the Hulk and all that and then after that there were no more 'Avengers' movies just movies focused on the specific characters of the avengers such as Iron Man 3, but then have some of the Avengers show up in it and help him... something like that. It'd just be too hard to pull off a bunch of Avengers movies I think... or if they did it'd be too hard to not make independent hero movies as well, seeing as the screen time gets cut down probably 50% for most of them in the Avengers movie. But like you said how would they go about it being exciting as an lone superhero movie after Avengers... damn conundrum i tell ya!
10:52PM on 02/09/2011
This is as good of choice of any I can think of. Since this Iron Man will be post-avengers, hopefully it can avoid all the set-up that took up time in Iron Man 2 and be a story more centered on Tony Stark like the first mvoie.
This is as good of choice of any I can think of. Since this Iron Man will be post-avengers, hopefully it can avoid all the set-up that took up time in Iron Man 2 and be a story more centered on Tony Stark like the first mvoie.
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10:40PM on 02/09/2011

Yes

You heard me.
You heard me.
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10:24PM on 02/09/2011
As long as Iron Man doesn't become a pussy. As long as Iron Man doesn't become a pussy.
As long as Iron Man doesn't become a pussy. As long as Iron Man doesn't become a pussy.
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10:20PM on 02/09/2011

Word

I have no problem with this whatsoever.

Make it happen.
I have no problem with this whatsoever.

Make it happen.
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10:17PM on 02/09/2011

Yep

I'm down. Iron Man was created from a director that had yet to make a big blockbuster, so why not. As cool as IM2 was it was really only that cool because of Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell. Otherwise the movie was a letdown, especially in terms of the action scenes. Favreau was amazing at creating the universe, but had a hard time playing in it and crafting and shooting great action scenes (the finale/climax was absolute crap, especially with the solid end of the original)

I'm glad we're
I'm down. Iron Man was created from a director that had yet to make a big blockbuster, so why not. As cool as IM2 was it was really only that cool because of Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell. Otherwise the movie was a letdown, especially in terms of the action scenes. Favreau was amazing at creating the universe, but had a hard time playing in it and crafting and shooting great action scenes (the finale/climax was absolute crap, especially with the solid end of the original)

I'm glad we're seeing a new face step in, to bring new life to the series at just the right time. Plus KKBB was an absolute golden nugget.
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1:38AM on 02/10/2011
Wasn't Iron Man 2 being filmed during the writer's strike? Favreau could have taken a look at the script and said "This is crap" and there still wouldn't have been a damn thing he could do. I thought it turned out okay under the circumstances.
Wasn't Iron Man 2 being filmed during the writer's strike? Favreau could have taken a look at the script and said "This is crap" and there still wouldn't have been a damn thing he could do. I thought it turned out okay under the circumstances.
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10:17PM on 02/09/2011

Yep

I'm down. Iron Man was created from a director that had yet to make a big blockbuster, so why not. As cool as IM2 was it was really only that cool because of Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell. Otherwise the movie was a letdown, especially in terms of the action scenes. Favreau was amazing at creating the universe, but had a hard time playing in it and crafting and shooting great action scenes (the finale/climax was absolute crap, especially with the solid end of the original)

I'm glad we're
I'm down. Iron Man was created from a director that had yet to make a big blockbuster, so why not. As cool as IM2 was it was really only that cool because of Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell. Otherwise the movie was a letdown, especially in terms of the action scenes. Favreau was amazing at creating the universe, but had a hard time playing in it and crafting and shooting great action scenes (the finale/climax was absolute crap, especially with the solid end of the original)

I'm glad we're seeing a new face step in, to bring new life to the series at just the right time. Plus KKBB was an absolute golden nugget.
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10:14PM on 02/09/2011
This would be great. Shane would bring a great punch to the Iron Man franchise and to the Marvel Universe.

We all know Shane is more than capable of doing a fantastic job. Also, they both worked with one another on the criminally underrated Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

I really hope this happens. It would have been nice to have Favreau back to finish what he started, but having Shane replace him would be great.
This would be great. Shane would bring a great punch to the Iron Man franchise and to the Marvel Universe.

We all know Shane is more than capable of doing a fantastic job. Also, they both worked with one another on the criminally underrated Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

I really hope this happens. It would have been nice to have Favreau back to finish what he started, but having Shane replace him would be great.
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10:13PM on 02/09/2011
lol how come no one ever references the fact that shane black is the guy that tells all the pussy jokes in Predator??
lol how come no one ever references the fact that shane black is the guy that tells all the pussy jokes in Predator??
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10:15PM on 02/09/2011
Because of the echo.
Because of the echo.
10:53PM on 02/09/2011
Jeez, you got a big pussy, jeez, you got a big pussy
Jeez, you got a big pussy, jeez, you got a big pussy
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