(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Jon Favreau earlier this month where the producer and director gave a couple of hints about the upcoming third instalment to Marvel’s Iron Man films.
To be directed by Shane Black with Favreau serving as producer, Iron Man 3 stars Robert Downey Jnr. in the lead role as The Avengers’ metal wearing superhero Iron Man.
Downey Jnr. and director Black have previously worked together on Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, and if you’ve ever seen the film, Favreau went on to say that you will know that “interesting and unexpected things happen.”
Filming for the film will start shooting in a couple of weeks in Wilmington, and Favreau commented that he’s going to be very involved with the film. “I feel a tremendous connection to that franchise and that character, and I’m very proud to see it moving forward in a way that re-enforces that story,” and continued that, “I’m happy to see that it’s taking a bit of a tonal shift from The Avengers and it’s going to be something completely different and exciting, and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
When asked to go into more detail about this tonal shift, he commented that, “It’s just a little bit more offbeat, I’d say. Shane and Robert definitely have an original point of view and an original take on the character, and I think it delves deeper into what makes Tony Stark tick and plays on the unexpected original unpredictable quality of the character that I think fans gravitate to.”
Favreau also went on to praise Joss Whedon for the success of The Avengers blockbuster which was released last month. He said: “it was something we always planned for, and hoped for, but anything could have gone wrong, and it took a lot of things to go right. First and foremost, Joss, to be able to pull together — four different characters based on four different sets of films that shared a lot tonally and they shared some cast-wise, but he had to pull all those things together and make it work, it’s a very high degree of difficulty for him.”
He continued: “But it took a lot of people to pass the baton well, and each director who had been involved with the franchises did their part, but it took Joss to really seal the deal, and clearly it worked out, because the moment seems to continue going.”
You can read the full interview here.