Team Downey President Offers an Update on Iron Man 3
08.18.11 by BJSprecher
Current Marvel Studios news may be dominated by the stream of "spy" pics and set photos coming out of The Avengers shoot in Cleveland, OH, but the franchise that paved the way for The Avengers, Iron Man, is gearing up for a three-quel. Actor Don Cheadle revealed in June that Iron Man 3 will "probably" go into production in February 2012, but that seemed overly optimistic considering Marvel had only recently hired Drew Pearce (BBC sitcom No Heroics, Marvel's unproduced The Runaways) to assist director Shane Black in writing the script.
Now, David Gambino, president of Team Downey, the production company owned by Iron Man himself, Robert Downey, Jr., and his wife, Susan Downey, has revealed that the start date given by Cheadle was pretty accurate and "a little scary" because Black and Pearce are still "working through the story outline." Gambino told SchmoesKnow (via CBM) that they are "still in the early phases" with "a lot of work that needs to be done," but that he is hopeful that Black will begin writing the script this month and that Iron Man 3 will "have a different direction and feel" than the previous movies.
Shane and Drew Pearce are working through the story outline and hopefully, at some point in August, Shane is going to start hammering keys and writing the script, but he has such a unique viewpoint on Tony Stark and I think his...sensibility is going to be great for the series. It's going to feel, like a reinvention of what it can be as opposed to continuing the saga. What makes Shane a good writer is that he's such a very complex human being. He's got his own demons in a lot of ways. ... Shane, like Robert, is very meticulous about the story. As we've seen just from this summer's movies already, you can throw a razzle-dazzle on the screen, but if the stuff coming out of people's mouth doesn't work — your movie is dead.
It's interesting, because Shane is such a unique character. Robert obviously really hit it off with him in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Robert always says that Shane is one of those guys, that just kinda gets the idea behind RDJ's character. [The] sorta fast talking super intelligent guy, you know. Not all of them can nail that, but that's kind of Shane's ear, if you know what I mean. He just does that naturally and it really fits well with Robert, who's been looking for an opportunity of doing another movie with Shane.
Gambino went on to say that it's important to Team Downey that Iron Man 3 not just make money, but also tell a "surprising" story that doesn't "feel like a rehash."
Robert wants to make sure, that he really gets the story right. He and Shane have been hammering through it for the last couple of months, making sure that they're making the right choices to take the series in a place that's going to be surprising, not going to feel like a rehash. The first thing we've said, when we sat down was — why are we doing the third movie?! We know the obvious answer: because it's going to make the sh*tload of money and everyone's going to be rich, but that's not the reason why we, as a company, want to make movies.
Gambino would not discuss the villains that Iron Man will face in the movie, but he offered assurance that "there's been a lot of analysis" of Iron Man's rogues gallery and the choices will be "pretty exciting for the [general] audience," and ones "that fanboys will appreciate." Gambino also spoke about inviting Jon Favreau back to play Happy Hogan and what it's like to work with Marvel president of production Kevin Feige, topics you can read more about by checking out the full interview.