Favreau fights Iron Man 2 date
Iron Man 2 was announced without much deliberation, and had a release date of 2010. That seemed quite soon, but hey who wants to wait. Terence Howard recently said that he would start filming in March 2009, with the film being released in April 2010.
Jon Favreau has posted on his MySpace message board, and expressed his opinion that the date is too soon. Nice of them to ask him beforehand eh.
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.
I find it incredible that after the reception Iron Man got, that Marvel would treat Favreau that way. I mean the guy does a good job, and then you go right ahead and make plans for a sequel, which will make it more difficult for him to do a great job.
I think Marvel may be seeing large dollar signs with the long list of films they have up their sleeve. And they obviously have The Avengers film in their sights, so they want enough Marvel stories told to have that one make sense. But surely the plan should be to make good films rather than churn them out.
Favreau still sounds excited about Iron Man 2, but what if the schedule isn't workable? It could be that Favreau and Robert Downey Jr don't do a second, if they think they won't be able to make a film that's good enough. That would be a good way to shoot yourself in the foot. Could you imagine Iron Man 2 without Favreau and Downey Jr? Would you rather wait a bit longer for what could be a better film? Or should Favreau just get on with it?