Iron Man 3 loses director to Disney film
Big news came for Iron Man fans this week with the news that Iron Man 3 would not be directed by Jon Favreau, something that caused fans to get rather excited, and not in a good way either.
What he's off to do instead is to join Disney at a time they are making a concerted push towards the production of some big event films with equally big named directors.
While David Fincher is set to direct a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (of which there are many past and future) and Guillermo del Toro making a film called Haunted House based on an old Disney ride, Jon Favreau is set to make a film called Magic Kingdom about many of their classic characters. That means he won't be making Iron Man 3, well unless it waits until he's finished and clear.
Speaking through the L.A. Times Hero Complex he said that this wasn't an easy or quick decision for him and it didn't signal any problem between him and the studio, and his explanation revealed that he wanted new challenges, and perhaps not one that was so heavy with the expectations of fans. He said that he wants to...
”...find something that lights a fire...
...and something that would allow him to...
”...blow people away, which is easier to do with a project that isn’t loaded with built-in expectations.”
There's also the reason that his early film passion was so heavily fuelled by Disney films.
“Walt was able to expose me as a child to the full array of emotions, including fear and sorrow. Those movies and attractions haunted my dreams and made a deep impression on me as a child. When I first heard about the ['Magic Kingdom' film] project, I was on my way to visit Disneyland with my family. I took notes and had no problem filling a book with all the ideas that this concept offered, even on first blush. Since then, I was lucky enough to be given a tour of Imagineering by Tony Baxter, who knows just about everything there is to know about Disneyland. He pulled original concept art from the archives for me and exposed me to Walt’s original vision.”
Now that sounds like he has a great passion for Disney, perhaps something that isn't running so strongly in his veins for Iron Man after two films. However he's not leaving with an ill feeling and had great things to say about Marvel and Kevin Feige:
“Marvel and I both came of age together...The years that we shared were a pivotal experience. Kevin has a firm grasp on the many franchises and how they all interweave and I am happy that I had the opportunity to establish the world that these characters can now play in…. ‘Iron Man’ has given me tremendous opportunities and Kevin and I are enjoying a lot of momentum in our careers thanks to the ‘Iron Man’ films. I look forward to seeing what others can do playing in the same world.”
Magic Kingdom will be a challenge and a half considering that they are going to try and bring to life so many of the Disney characters into a real world and not have it seem like Roger Rabbit or similarly themed films.
Favreau says that he hopes to make the film have the same feeling and impact as Elf, something that doesn't sound half bad.
In a way you could say that he has his own Avengers to pull together.