'Iron Man 3': Marvel talking to 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' director, others

Shane-BlackImage Credit: Evan Agostini/Getty ImagesDo you think Robert Downey Jr. likes this guy enough to work with him on Iron Man 3?

The man absorbing the hug is Shane Black, screenwriter of Lethal Weapon and writer-director of the cult-favorite detective thriller Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which co-starred Downey back at a time when his personal troubles made him a far less bankable star. (This shot is them at the 2005 premiere.)

EW has confirmed Black is one of several directors currently talking to Marvel about the Iron Man threequel, and a source close to the negotiations say his solid friendship with Downey is obviously considered a plus by producers. The identity of the other filmmakers isn’t yet known, though Marvel will likely make a decision soon. Iron Man 3 is already scheduled for a May 3, 2013 debut — which may seem far off, but is just around the corner in terms of blockbuster production timelines.

Jon Favreau directed the previous two Iron Man movies, and said that was enough. His next project is this summer’s western/sci-fi mashup Cowboys & Aliens.

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  • Rob

    Who are the others?

    • Mole

      “The identity of the other filmmakers isn’t yet known”. – EW, 8 inches above your comment.

      • andy

        too funny.

  • KC

    They need to lose the cheese/campiness that ruined 2 and truely embrace the “Demon In A Bottle” storyline that they lightly tapped into in the last one. Bring back the seriousness.

    • Justin

      Don’t listen to him. Iron man 2 was awesome!

      • harry

        yes it was!!!

      • KC


      • Nathan

        awesomely terrible.

    • Crystal

      I agree. I hoped they would delve into his alcoholism on a serious level, rather than a cheesy/campy level. What made the first movie so great was that his character was so well developed. I want more of that, and I hope a different director can do it.

      • Namemy

        Took me time to read all the comments, but I relaly enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained!- Josh

  • jmo

    I loved the pacing of KKBB. It felt high dollar even though it was an indie. Sure, why not?

  • redvector

    Given the friendship between Downey and Black I think that he’s got the inside track for the job.

  • PK

    Shane Black? Yes, please!

  • dawnomite

    Love Downey, loved Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – great movie!

  • chocolateislove

    Yes! I loved Kiss Kiss Ban Bang. It was hilarious, and had a similar tone to Iron Man (with a little more dark humor). Bring these two back together!

  • Dean Koontz

    Does this mean Favreau is out as Happy Hogan?

    • Matt1

      That’s what I’ve been wondering since they announced he wasn’t directing!!!

  • Jon

    Sounds like a brilliant idea — especially if Shane rewrites the script.

  • Jason

    Isn’t Favreau finished with Cowboys & Aliens? That’s not really his “next project” if he’s kinda done working on it. That would be his current or his last project. Isn’t his next project Magic Kingdom? Or was that just gossip?

  • Leesa

    At first I thought this was casting and it was a Val Kilmer reunion. Because, bless Val, but he ain’t a fighting form to do a action film.

    • Emily

      I thought the same thing! And I would love to see Val get back in fighting form!

  • Jay

    Hopefully they will have a new ending than the lazy one iron man 2 had. Same plot…man in another iron man suit fights iron man…almost like the 3 spidermans…spider man fights villain who hold mary jane hostage..

  • MDS

    Love Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Marvel better get this done. While they’re at it maybe find a role for Val Kilmer.

  • JT

    I’ve been to way to many parties where these games have absolutely killed the fun.

    One of my friends stated to the other “if any wants to play Guitar Hero again, remind me not to do it”.

    • JT

      Woops wrong thread.

  • wooster182

    I saw the title of this article and nearly jumped for joy thinking it was Val Kilmer. Loved KKBB (one of my favorites), so I think he’d be a fantastic choice to direct, but I was really disappointed to hear that it didn’t mean VK was going to be the next bad guy…

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