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Robert Downey Jr. sinks USS Indianapolis, discusses working with Shane Black on Iron Man 3

Aug. 19, 2011by: Dave Davis

Robert Downey Jr. has been going non-stop for the past few years, spending quite a bit of that time in suits that are either sharp and tailored or armor plated.

Between slapping on Stark's red and gold again, Downey will wear his producer pants for a big-screen telling of the USS Indianapolis, the WWII vessel whose crew and their tragic shark-infested ordeal was famously recounted by Robert Shaw's Quint in the famous JAWS monologue.

While previous attempts to tell the story on the big screen never surfaced, this Warner Bros. project will try it "through the eyes of Hunter Scott, the 11-year old boy who embarked on a journey to exonerate the Indianapolis’ court-martialed captain." (Scott was inspired by that gripping JAWS scene to learn more about the incident.) Writer Robert Schenkkan (HBO's "The Pacific") is working with the Downeys on developing the script.

Meanwhile, Downey is taking a breather from saving the Marvel movie universe (he's nearly done filming Joss Whedon's THE AVENGERS), but is already discussing his return to the character for IRON MAN 3. He's keeping zipped lips about story details, but has this to say to Hero Complex about reuniting with KISS KISS BANG BANG director Shane Black: "He’s more than the sum of his parts and he’s also kind of been a sleeper for a long time. We’re not talking much about [the script] right now because Shane is off writing and we talked before that and when we are talking again the talking is going to be over pretty quick [because we're on the same page]. It’s kind of like we’re fighting on the same side and at the same time we’re circling each other, so it’s all great. It should be great."

"Bringing in Shane Black to write and direct IRON MAN 3 to me is basically the only transition from Favreau to a ‘next thing’ that Favreau and the audience and Marvel and I could ever actually sign off on," Downey says.

But just because Favreau won't be sitting in the director's chair doesn't mean he won't be back, as Downey hints: "The fun thing is going to be getting Happy [Hogan, Stark's bodyguard played by Favs] in the movie." (Now how about some confirmation of War Machine??)

With luck, we'll see a bit more of the Marvel hero and some AVENGERS action from the D23 Disney Expo happening this weekend.

Source: Hero ComplexTHR

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7:58PM on 08/20/2011
The only guy to ever get me to watch Ally McBeal.
Looking forward to pretty much anything this guy does. He seems to always bring his A game even if the movie is crap. So yeah Avengers, IM3 now with Black and Favreau and the Navy flick. Guy's going to be busy for a while, great to hear.
The only guy to ever get me to watch Ally McBeal.
Looking forward to pretty much anything this guy does. He seems to always bring his A game even if the movie is crap. So yeah Avengers, IM3 now with Black and Favreau and the Navy flick. Guy's going to be busy for a while, great to hear.
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1:17AM on 08/20/2011
Really looking forward to see what Shane Black bring in with Iron Man 3 & Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was an awesome & fun movie.
Really looking forward to see what Shane Black bring in with Iron Man 3 & Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was an awesome & fun movie.
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6:22PM on 08/19/2011
I cant wait to see what Shane Black has in mind for Iron Man 3 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of my all time faves!
I cant wait to see what Shane Black has in mind for Iron Man 3 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of my all time faves!
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4:56PM on 08/19/2011

can't wait, but FUCK war machine

cool character, but he ruined Iron Man 2, along with some of the directorial choices of course, but seriously - blah! It was like Venom in Spider-Man -- he shouldn't have been in that movie.
cool character, but he ruined Iron Man 2, along with some of the directorial choices of course, but seriously - blah! It was like Venom in Spider-Man -- he shouldn't have been in that movie.
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8:00PM on 08/20/2011
If they really did Demon In A Bottle like they wanted then yeah War Machine was needed. As used in the movie, he was indeed under and misused.
If they really did Demon In A Bottle like they wanted then yeah War Machine was needed. As used in the movie, he was indeed under and misused.
6:49PM on 08/22/2011
Wait. They did have stark getting drunk in the movie. I just didn't like how it was resolved. Seriously? A new element? And his father knew about it and wanted him to find it? What?
Wait. They did have stark getting drunk in the movie. I just didn't like how it was resolved. Seriously? A new element? And his father knew about it and wanted him to find it? What?
1:37PM on 08/19/2011
I was listening to some AC/DC yesterday, and was wondering if Black would continue the idea of using some AC/DC for Iron Man 3,for Stark's "rock star" status like the first 2 movies. It'd be cool if they could make it work in Avengers as well. More AC/DC is usually a good thing.
I was listening to some AC/DC yesterday, and was wondering if Black would continue the idea of using some AC/DC for Iron Man 3,for Stark's "rock star" status like the first 2 movies. It'd be cool if they could make it work in Avengers as well. More AC/DC is usually a good thing.
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9:44AM on 08/19/2011
i'm excited
i'm excited
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5:15AM on 08/19/2011

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The 2nd movie was a dissapointment compared to the original. Which was AMAZING; the only way to bring this series back to life and earn big bucks is to have a solid story line. Robert Downey Jr. always delivers in high fashion
The 2nd movie was a dissapointment compared to the original. Which was AMAZING; the only way to bring this series back to life and earn big bucks is to have a solid story line. Robert Downey Jr. always delivers in high fashion
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4:03AM on 08/19/2011
I remember years ago Mel Gibson was attached to an adaptation on "In Harm's Way" which would be a better way to present the story. This sounds more like an updated version of Mission of the Shark.
I remember years ago Mel Gibson was attached to an adaptation on "In Harm's Way" which would be a better way to present the story. This sounds more like an updated version of Mission of the Shark.
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12:19AM on 08/19/2011
Love Robert Downey Jr; always a class act.
Love Robert Downey Jr; always a class act.
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2:45PM on 08/19/2011
always a class act? i like him, too...but where were you the first 25 years of his career? thru the multiple jail sentences, the drugs, the booze? always class act!!! hahahah, more like "has really become a class act."
always a class act? i like him, too...but where were you the first 25 years of his career? thru the multiple jail sentences, the drugs, the booze? always class act!!! hahahah, more like "has really become a class act."
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