… and not a moment too soon, especially after they went ahead and set an April 2010 release date for the film without even consulting their director, who wrote on the Iron Man message board on MySpace that he thinks the date is a little too fast for the amount of work he wants to put into the project:
It’s been five weeks since the one and only phone call my reps have gotten from Marvel. I know their hands are full with the Hulk and I’m sure they will get into it shortly, as they tell me they intend to. I ran into the Marvel guys at the Hulk premiere and everyone sounded eager to get to work on IM2.
I am concerned, however, about the announced release date of April 2010. Neither Robert nor I were consulted about this and we are both concerned about how realistic the date is in light of the fact that we have no script, story or even writers hired yet. This genre of movie is best when it is done thoughtfully and with plenty of preparation. It might be better to follow the BB/DK, X/X2 three year release pattern than to scramble for a date. It is difficult because there are no Marvel 09 releases and they need product, but I also think we owe it to the fans to have a great version of IM2 and, at this point, we would have less time to make it than the first one.
Part of me thinks that Favreau isn’t giving himself enough credit; they made an amazing movie and I’m sure it’ll be easier to make the next one in the sense that they really know what they’re doing now (even though logistically I’m sure it’ll be a much bigger picture).
Then again, I massively respect the fact that he wants to take his time and get it right, and because of that I’m totally on his side, as if he even needed my help or support in the first place, which he doesn’t.
Anyway, CHUD reports today that Marvel and Favreau have reached a deal:
Smart move, Marvel. Don’t let this guy get away.
I think Marvel really needs to be careful. When you’ve got guys like Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. on Iron Man and a guy like Ed Norton on The Incredible Hulk, you need to respect the talent and let them do what they do.
Because as much as Marvel might like to say that it’s all about the characters and not about the actors or directors, they need to keep in mind that they’ve made some really bad movies in the past. When good talent comes to your project, treat the talent well and you’ll get more good projects.
Look at what happened over at Warner Bros., for example, with Batman. After a string of bad Batman moves, they’ve given Christopher Nolan the keys to the kingdom and trusted his decisions to big results.
More on the development of Iron Man 2 as it happens!
And you can read my review of the first one right here.