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    Marvel suits up Jon Favreau for 'Iron Man'

    April 28, 2006
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Marvel Studios outlines slew of superhero titles

    Marvel Studios has hired Jon Favreau to develop and direct the big-screen adaptation of "Iron Man" and has attracted an impressive roster of writers to help bring some of its high-profile characters such as Captain America and Thor to the big screen. Favreau will direct a feature version of Marvel's armored hero and develop the script with the writing team of Arthur Marcum and Matt Holloway ("Convoy"). The project originally was set up at New Line with Nick Cassavetes directing. In the comic, Iron Man's real identity is that of billionaire industrialist Tony Stark, who develops an armored suit that lets him fly and shoot "repulsor rays." The comic debuted in the 1960s, and Iron Man's origin involved Stark being a prisoner of the Viet Cong. The comic evolved into Stark fighting spies, both political and industrial, while also battling alcoholism. (Borys Kit)
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    Re: Marvel suits up Jon Favreau for 'Iron Man'

    When I read the title of this thread I thought HE was gonna star in it and I was thinking ok, he better get into shape like when he did his Friends stint because he's really let himself go the past few years.

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    Re: Marvel suits up Jon Favreau for 'Iron Man'

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympicnut
    When I read the title of this thread I thought HE was gonna star in it and I was thinking ok, he better get into shape like when he did his Friends stint because he's really let himself go the past few years.
    Ha - gotcha! That was great when he was training for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. But then Favs got married and directed 'Zathura'...
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    Re: Marvel suits up Jon Favreau for 'Iron Man'

    Iron Man was one of my favorite comics as a kid. Despite his superpowers--which all came from his iron suit--he was very complex and vulnerable. In addition to the alcoholism, Tony Stark was also the first superhero alter ego to suffer a heart attack. The guy was a mess, but the iron suit ROCKED!

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    Re: Marvel suits up Jon Favreau for 'Iron Man'

    LOVE Iron Man!

    and his hot cousin, The Rocketeer!
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    Re: Marvel suits up Jon Favreau for 'Iron Man'

    05.23.2006 12:07 PM EDT

    Have Doubts About The 'Iron Man' Movie? Jon Favreau Wants To Hear Them

    Director reveals film details, takes suggestions from fans of the comic hero via MySpace.



    Typically, the announcement of a big-budget blockbuster is followed by months (if not years) of avoidance. Stars, directors and producers dodge questions like jury summonses, fearing that they could reveal fan-angering character updates,

    Jon Favreau is refusing to play that game.

    The star of "Swingers" and director of "Elf" and "Zathura" was recently handed the keys to the next great superhero franchise, a highly anticipated adaptation of the five-decades-strong "Iron Man" comic series. Now a few weeks into his new gig, the lifelong comics fan is battling questions with a weapon that even Tony Stark might hesitate to unleash: honesty.

    "The questions are coming on the Internet," a grinning Favreau reported this weekend. "I've got a MySpace group set up just to discuss the movie, so I welcome the input."

    Favreau is making himself available to diehard fans of the gold-and-red superhero, who will step in front of a movie camera for the first time at the beginning of next year.

    "It's the first movie Marvel is self-financing," he said of a new deal that frees the makers of the "Spider-Man" and "X-Men" movies from studio control. "We're set to come out in the summer of '08, and we'll start shooting in January."

    Favreau insisted that he's eager to construct his movie using input from the fans because he is one himself.

    "I remember watching the Iron Man cartoons when I was younger," Favreau revealed. "I remember reading the origin stories and some of the Silver Age stuff, and I read 'The Avengers' 'The Defenders' and then 'The Avengers,' and that sort of brought me into 'Iron Man.' "

    "It was later when [Marvel Studios CEO] Avi [Arad] approached me to work on this and we discussed [the history of the character]," he continued. "And then I did a lot more research, and really learned everything that has happened in the last 40 years."

    Created in 1963 as an anti-communist hero, Iron Man originally played off national defense concerns and technological advancement themes of that period. The hero's alter ego is (with the exception of occasional fill-ins) Tony Stark, an American industrialist billionaire living out a Bruce Wayne-type life of privilege. His virtually impenetrable armor allows him to soar through the air, possess superhuman strength and unleash everything from repulsor beams to magnetic fields and holograms. Iron Man's suit has constantly changed with the times, a technological evolution Favreau is making plans to portray.

    "We're gonna have it take place in the present day, but there will be an origin story that has the old, gray Iron Man suit; eventually it will progress into more of the modern look," Favreau said. "That's the fun of doing the first one."

    Favreau is clearly having plenty of fun putting the project together. Recently on his MySpace page, the director posted the film's "first preliminary image." It was a stick-figure sketch by his 4-year-old son, Max.

    Acknowledging the darkness of films like "Batman Begins," the director said that Iron Man can get gritty with the best of them. Indeed, Tony Stark's struggles have included alcoholism, bankruptcy and even homelessness themes he'd likely tackle in sequels.

    "The alcoholism doesn't come into play until later on in the story of Iron Man," he said. "[The comic] started off in the '60s, where it was about him as a successful manufacturer who developed this suit. Then, later, it spins off into that story about him fighting against himself. I think we're going to lay the groundwork for it, but the first one's going to explore him taking on this alter ego of Iron Man, and developing the suit, and what happens politically within the Stark Corporation."

    Mentioning an eventual "Iron Man 2," Favreau said that actor playing Tony Stark for his franchise is unlikely to be a major star (Tom Cruise was briefly attached to the role years ago). Instead, the director hopes to announce his discovery of a relative unknown from the Brandon Routh ("Superman Returns") mold later this year.

    "What's nice is that those movies don't require an expensive star; Iron Man's the star, the superhero is the star," the director insisted. "The success of 'X-Men' and 'Spider-Man' without being star-driven pieces reassures [executives] that the film does have an upside commercially."

    "I don't know that a movie like 'Daredevil' did better for having Ben Affleck then 'Spider-Man' did having Tobey Maguire, who was a relative unknown at the time," Favreau said, citing the Man With No Fear dud that he co-starred in alongside Affleck. "It gives you a little bit of latitude, because there's a lot of money that goes into getting that face on the poster."

    Instead, the director (who reunites with friend Vince Vaughn in next month's "The Break Up") said he'd rather take those Affleck-level dollars and selectively distribute them on the look of his film. "I'm of a generation of director that came up understanding special effects," he insisted. "I don't throw the same amount of money [around] as some of the older generation directors who are just learning about it. There's a way to be scrappy, is what I'm trying to say. There's a way to get a lot for your money nowadays. There are a lot of talented people in that field, so I'm not concerned about it."

    In the months to come, Jon Favreau will be putting those carefully managed Marvel dollars toward a solid script, some young stars and an "Iron Man" movie out to launch the next great superhero franchise. "It's really been a wonderful experience working on the script, and we're going to start talking about actors soon," Favreau added.

    In the meantime, if you have any questions, concerns or comments about the details you read, this is one Hollywood star who is refreshingly eager to hear them. "I'm on MySpace," he offered with a broad smile. "Just search for 'Iron Man Movie Group' and I'm on there, answering questions."
    Larry Carroll, with additional reporting by Jeff Cornell

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    Re: Marvel suits up Jon Favreau for 'Iron Man'

    Iron Man Claims First Weekend of May, '08
    June 22, 2006
    Variety

    While several tentpoles, such as the second "Chronicles of Narnia" film from Disney, are slated for 2008, Iron Man is the first 2008 summer tentpole to claim a firm release date. While Marvel has yet to nail down financing for the big screen adaptation, the movie is set for a May 2, 2008 release. Jon Favreau directs.

    When Marvel set up the $525 million credit facility for its 10-picture slate with Merrill Lynch in April 2005, the company had yet to re-acquire rights to The Hulk from Universal and Iron Man from New Line.

    According to terms of the agreement, Marvel can attach new characters to the loan but must receive permission from Merrill Lynch. Marvel general counsel John Turitzin said the company expects to start talks on Iron Man soon and hopes to secure permission in the fall, sometime before the film is officially greenlit and starts production late this year or early 2007.

    Marvel currently has two separate writing teams -- Matt Hollaway and Art Markum (Convoy), and Mark Fergus and Hawk Otsby (First Snow) -- working on drafts.


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