We already knew that after the phenomenal box office success that Iron Man had, there was already a sequel being planned. Hell, the movie even suggested as much with references to next time, and a ciffhanger ending, so unless it had been a complete flop, Iron Man 2 was a dead cert.
But it’s set to be one of the quickest made sequels ever, with a release date of May 2010 apparently being targeted, which gives a time frame of just two years for a screenplay to be written, casting to take place, a crew and locations to be found, shooting to take place, and all of the special effects and editing to happen. Which is a tall order.
Which is why Jon Favreau, the director of the first film, was said to be reticent to sign up to helm the sequel. He even went on record to criticise Marvel, the studio behind the films, and therefore, scheduling decisions, for setting an unrealistic release date.
But now, according to Deadline Hollywood Daily, he is back in the driving seat, after being offered a much richer deal to once again bring Robert Downey Jr’s character to life. It may have taken two months, and a very drawn-out, public negotiation for a deal to be struck, but the right man for the job is now in place.
All we need now is a killer script, and all of the original actors to sign on the dotted line for the sequel, and we’re good to go. Two years may not be much, but I’m already excited about the prospect of a second Iron Man film. The first rocked so much, and set the stage so well, that this could be film of the year… in 2010 of course.