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The King's Speech director Tom Hooper was offered Iron Man 3?

02.24.2011

The fanboy world erupted with huzzahs last week when it was announced that Shane Black would be directing IRON MAN 3 but it was almost not to be. In a LA Times profile on Oscar-nominated director Tom Hooper, it was revealed that the KING'S SPEECH director was offered the IRON MAN 3 directing gig but turned it down.

Say what?

The news does not come directly from Hooper but the Times writer cites "a person who has worked closely with Hooper but who asked not to be identified." Hooper was reportedly offered the gig and only upon his turning the job down was Black seriously considered for the director's chair.

I think Hooper did a sharp and admirable job directing THE KING'S SPEECH but I'm not sure what about his work on that film left Marvel feeling it could tackle a film on the scope of IRON MAN 3.

Instead of IRON MAN 3, it looks as if Hooper will stay in his wheelhouse and is in talks to direct a big budget musical adaptation of LES MISERABLES for Working Title. As the Times notes, Hooper has said he's looking for another historical or period drama for his follow-up to THE KING'S SPEECH. So it looks like Hooper will get what he wants and fanboys will get what they want in Shane Black.

Source: LA Times

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11:27PM on 02/24/2011
Wonderful. Les Miserables will have all the passion and artistic integrity of a movie of the week.

Hooper has to be one of the dullest directors working today.
Wonderful. Les Miserables will have all the passion and artistic integrity of a movie of the week.

Hooper has to be one of the dullest directors working today.
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12:27PM on 02/24/2011
This would have been a mistake if Hooper had been helming..."Black is a pop-culture guy" i feel with more understanding of the machinations that go into something like IRONMAN 3.
This would have been a mistake if Hooper had been helming..."Black is a pop-culture guy" i feel with more understanding of the machinations that go into something like IRONMAN 3.
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12:02PM on 02/24/2011

Hooper had also been approached for Thor previously.

He said so in a Total Film interview some weeks back. I imagine Marvel just went own the list of possible directors they had already vetted and considered.
He said so in a Total Film interview some weeks back. I imagine Marvel just went own the list of possible directors they had already vetted and considered.
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10:16AM on 02/24/2011
i like hooper and all, but i'm glad it turned out the way it did. i think shane can direct iron man 3 more in the line with the other two films.
i like hooper and all, but i'm glad it turned out the way it did. i think shane can direct iron man 3 more in the line with the other two films.
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9:56AM on 02/24/2011
Glad he turned it down. Shane Black is the perfect choice for Iron Man 3.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is such a good, underrated movie.
Glad he turned it down. Shane Black is the perfect choice for Iron Man 3.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is such a good, underrated movie.
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