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28 April 2006  |  Written by   |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Marvel Studios has been busy – the company has locked down a director for Iron Man and attached various helmers and scribes to other developing projects.

First up is the exciting word that Elf and Zathura helmer Jon Favreau has been recruited to develop and direct Iron Man. Yes, after years of languishing in development hell, being touted as a vehicle for Tom Cruise, it looks like it might finally be on the way to the screen.

Arthur Marcum and Josh Holloway (the writers behind John Singleton’s upcoming Convoy remake) are penning the script, which will chronicle the adventures of Tony Stark, a troubled billionaire who develops an armoured suit giving him the power of flight and repulsor rays.

And unlike Zathura – Favreau plans to use more CGI to bring Stark to life. “I've always been very reticent to use CGI to the extent that it has been used by other filmmakers," Favreau told The Hollywood Reporter "I think that now, through motion-capture and the integration of miniatures with CGI, like in King Kong, I'm starting to be a lot more convinced by what the technology can do. But the idea of using CGI and relying solely on that to tell your story, those days are past. I think that integrating practical filmmaking and augmenting it with CGI is the key to making it an emotionally involved story."

Favreau hopes to step behind the camera next year.

Then there’s Ant Man, which is being handled by Shaun Of The Dead’s Edgar Wright, who’s currently busy shooting Hot Fuzz. In between trying to wrangle Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in front of the camera, he’s scribbling the script for the story of Dr Hank Pym, a scientist who discovers a size-altering formula. His co-writer on the film is Adam and Joe’s Joe Cornish.

Further back the development path is Captain America, which is being written by Road To Perdition scribe David Self. The Cap was created during World War II as a Nazi-bashing hero. After his popularity dwindled in the ‘50s, he was brought back to work with The Avengers. And being frozen in time, he’ll work as a fish out of water, according to Self. "He's a Norman Rockwell character who is faced with today's America and is forced to look at his own past, things in the '40s that weren't necessarily what they were cracked up to be, and also how today's country may be different than it looks," is how Self describes him to The Hollywood Reporter.

Also at the early script stage is Nick Fury, the agent of S.H.I.E.L.D (Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-Enforcement Division, trivia fans!) has a writer. Andrew Marlow, who penned Air Force One and Hollow Man, is hard at work. Let’s hope it’s better than either of those!

Mark Protosevich, whose credits include the upcoming Poseidon and the as-yet unmade I Am Legend script, will tackle the tale of Thor, the Norse thunder god turned super hero. "In the comics, the stories that appealed to me most were the features called Tales Of Asgard,” says Protosevich. "They were very much based on the traditional Norse myths and how the relationship between being like Thor and Loki and Thor and Odin, and how these beings manifested themselves. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say the movie will take place in the world of myth and legend but will not betray some of the thematic elements of the comics that made them so appealing, like the idea of a god growing to truly understand man."

While all of those films are covered by Marvel’s recent distribution deal with Paramount, there is one Universal entry: a sequel to The Hulk. X-Men: The Last Stand writer Zak Penn is busy cranking it out for Universal.

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WILL SMITH!!!!!????????
lets face it, superhero films are nowadays quite poor on the whole (why make a sequel to the hulk-it was cack and badly miscast). The top 3 have to be daredevil, spider-man and F4. Now, what the hell is all this nonsense about will smith as capn america?? Yes, heas a good actor and all-but capn america is not black!!!!! its as simple as that. granted i was sceptical about kingpin in daredevil, but who else could play him-he did a great job! but will smith is the worst idea i have ever heard. h More

Posted by eddyged at 17:43 on 15 July 2006 | Report This Post

Iron Man, Shiorn Man
Now i'm sure this is all very exciting news but, and I'm sure all the fan boys out there (both of 'em) will be wetting themselves with anticipation at the thought of of a movie about a bunch of people that only they've ever heard about, but where the hell is the Spiderman news. Why in gods name give us the news about a bunch of minor films that probably have the maximum potental to be just as good as Hellboy when it dos'nt even look like you've tried to get the hevywieght news. You're readers de More

Posted by The Jackle at 14:48 on 04 May 2006 | Report This Post

Not to Marvel
Marvel messed up a lot of their comics with their greed. While some Marvel films could be really good . . . .we don't need another 'Judge Dredd' feck up. I'd still rather see 'Judge Dredd' back on the screen than 'Iron Man' More

Posted by Olde at 12:12 on 03 May 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Marvel-ous
why not someone like colin farrel ? or i do know jason looks good but vince is better... More

Posted by fantasy89 at 10:05 on 03 May 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Marvel-ous
hole'! a vince v-iron man thats awsome!! and a sequel of hulk? hope it will be better than the first! so many marlvel-comic-movie are coming out and why not do a film with all the super heros together?? an apocalipse-thing would be great!   More

Posted by fantasy89 at 09:57 on 03 May 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Marvel-ous
id it before, if they can get him, get t="trebuchet ms"]Sean Penn as Tony Stark More

Posted by JIm R at 13:46 on 02 May 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Marvel-ous
I don’t think you can blame marvel for the decline of their films they don’t make’em they just give the studios the right to use their characters. Thank god they are gonna start making their own films!   If you read New Avengers, X-men, Fantastic four or any of the Ultimate titles then you can see that they would make excellent films because the stories are good.   And if Avi Arad says Jon Favreau is the right guy to direct Iron man then he’s the right guy. Not sure about Will More

Posted by Iron_Lad at 12:20 on 02 May 2006 | Report This Post

I think it would be the worst thing for a super hero movie to have a humerous thread through out it or even have blooming Vince Vaughn as Tony Stark A.K.A The IRON MAN. I think the ideal candidate would have to be... Jason Isaacs, it'd be good to see him play a goodie for once, he needs to show more versatility... More

Posted by Samuelpoet at 11:04 on 02 May 2006 | Report This Post

Ant Man
Where there's an Ant Man there must be a Wasp. Lets hope they leave the emotionally stilted geek who beats his wife story line well alone. 40 years of quality superheroing down the pan thanks to one bad writer in the '80s. More

Posted by landedurbin at 12:15 on 01 May 2006 | Report This Post

RE: An excellent choice, Favreau will do wonders with this material
The 'Vince Vaughn IS Iron Man' campaign starts here. More

Posted by Indio at 18:39 on 29 April 2006 | Report This Post

An excellent choice, Favreau will do wonders with this material
Favreau is finally getting the movies he deserves. Has been one of my favorite actors for a long time and he wrote in my humble opinion the best idependant movie of the last 20 years Swingers. He also got a very nice fluid directing style that favours character over style but is no slouch when it comes to choosing a shooter and the mouth waters at the thought of his Made director of photography Chris Doyle lensing Iron Man! Can not wait to see this...fuckin awesome! More

Posted by AboyNamedSue at 15:51 on 29 April 2006 | Report This Post

Hey Peeps, Mark here. Jon Favraeu is a decent actor and director. To have him direct a possible blockbuster may be a bad choice. Who will portray Tony Stark/Iron Man? How will the story evolve? How much will Mr. Favraeu be given to spend? I hope these questions and others will be answered in time. More

Posted by MRBSQUINT at 00:52 on 29 April 2006 | Report This Post

Marvel Mania
Marvel needs some hits though, over the last few years their track record has declined significantly (Elektra, Punisher, Blade: Trinity etc) They need some Spider-Man 1 & 2, X-Men 2 quality films. While Hulk had many problems ("hulk-dogs", sub-par scipting in areas, hulk-dog fight & final battle were just too DARK), I enjoyed it for the most part. The Incredible Hulk as a title would be cool and faithful, but look at what happened to The Amazing Spiderman, it ended up Spider-Ma More

Posted by NemesisYojimbo at 22:15 on 28 April 2006 | Report This Post

RE: effortless
I liked Hulk: a flawed but worthy film. Like all comic book sequels, I only know this will improve upon it.   Cool about Favreau, but what about that space adventure by Edgar Rice Burroughs he was planning? Still, I have faith in him to do justice to Iron Man. And how classy is a Road To Perdition writer on Captain America? More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 19:59 on 28 April 2006 | Report This Post

RE: effortless
The Hulk took way to long to get going but was pretty cool once it did. Who said Will Smith as Captain America?? What a terrible choice that would be. I really want to see Thor made -mainly because it's a step away from the typical superhero and delving into Norse mythology with gods and all that. Also it's about time we saw some cross-overs like in the comics! Batman + Spiderman or X-Men + The Hulk. More

Posted by Fluke Skywalker at 18:04 on 28 April 2006 | Report This Post

RE: effortless
l Smith as Captain Aerica? Jesus. That should not happen. Imagine Cap taking down some supervillain, standing there in his stars and stripes costume, and coming out with the immortal line "I whupped yo ass, man. That's what I'm talkin' 'bout."........then: "Now, look at my shoes, aren't converse just the most perfect thing for a national figure to be wearing?!" then "How did I know it was the right time to say that? ... because my trusty Timex watch showed me that the time was ri More

Posted by Mad_Man_Moon at 17:57 on 28 April 2006 | Report This Post

RE: effortless
I go through stages of liking Hulk. When I like it though, I /i] like it. I think the big problem is coming up with a new angle on the whole 'hunted misunderstood monster' story. It's hard, because Hulk is essentially a one-trick pony. The comics have lasted so long because it's always fun to see pictures of things being smashed on an epic scale. If they adapted some of Bruce Jones' recent run, it would be interesting.   Thor, I'm looking forward to. There's an alternative version of T More

Posted by quones at 16:20 on 28 April 2006 | Report This Post

RE: effortless
i really loveed the hulk. bloody brilliant film! i absolutely love the last half hour of the film, really entertaining stuff! cannot wait for hulk 2! or the other films!   More

Posted by kumar at 15:28 on 28 April 2006 | Report This Post

I liked hulk! Yes the effects and a lot of the sets look poor (Mutant poodles?) I thought the story was good... More

Posted by effortless at 14:35 on 28 April 2006 | Report This Post

RE: TheMask
excuse me? The Hulk was an awesome movie, just because the layout of the film didnt involve good ol' Brucey getting Zapped by gama rays in the first minute, instead of actually making a film about the beginning, ahem, just like Batman Begins, there is nothing wrong with giving a film of this proprtion a proper beginning. so Eric Bana should come back, and if they want to give it to Ang Lee, brilliant, The Hulk was a very underrated film in my eyes! but im glad Empire gave it 4****. More

Posted by charliealonso at 14:10 on 28 April 2006 | Report This Post

Are you kidding me Hulk was terrible and there no way they should make a sequal they should'nt even be considering it. More

Posted by TheMask at 14:05 on 28 April 2006 | Report This Post

i had a feeling they were going to call it the incredible hulk. but i also planned to write and direct this movie myself, so there you go. doubt it will go without a namechange until its released tho. also: they changed SHIELD sometime in the 90s, it now stands for straegic hazard intervention espionage logistics directorate. whatever that means. More

Posted by billythehick at 13:09 on 28 April 2006 | Report This Post

Protosevich's Last Man script is excellent so Thor has promise, shame about the Cell tho that was a bit crap, read I am Legend here tho More

Posted by effortless at 12:51 on 28 April 2006 | Report This Post

What's gonna happen with the Princess of Mars films then? More

Posted by Babyshamble at 10:57 on 28 April 2006 | Report This Post

Hulk 2
Am looking forward to an action packed Hulk 2 - enjoyed the first one from Ang Lee, but now the story is set up, it's time to unleash the fury! ;-) More

Posted by Primus at 10:31 on 28 April 2006 | Report This Post

I agree, they were both cracking films. More

Posted by nickdwoodhead at 10:04 on 28 April 2006 | Report This Post

What's wrong with Air Force One and Hollow Man! I enjoyed both those movies!!! More

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