Favreau set to mold 'Iron Man'
Jon Favreau is set to direct Marvel Studios’ live-action feature “Iron Man,” which will now be distribbed by Paramount.News is part of a wider announcement from Marvel outlining a barrage of directing and writing deals for a slate of films it is developing with aims to independently finance out of a $525 million fund from Merrill Lynch. All the pics but one, “The Incredible Hulk,” will be distribbed by Par under an existing service agreement.
- “Iron Man,” Marvel’s top priority, also has nabbed writing duo Arthur Marcum and Matt Hollaway (“Convoy”).
- Marvel disclosed it is pursuing a second “Hulk” pic, despite the so-so performance of Ang Lee’s 2003 film. Zak Penn, who has collaborated with Marvel on several features, including the upcoming “X-Men: The Last Stand,” will pen the script for what’s being called “Incredible Hulk.”
- Scribe David Self (“Thirteen Days,” “Road to Perdition”) has been tapped to pen the long-awaited feature version of “Captain America.”
- Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz”) will direct and co-write with Joe Cornish the feature film “Ant Man.” Always seen as a bit of a ridiculous super-hero — his power is to control ants — duo plan to give the big-screen “Ant-Man” a comedic twist.
- Marvel has tapped scribe Andrew Marlowe (“Air Force One,” “Hollow Man”) to pen the script for “Nick Fury,” based on Marvel’s military super spy.
- Fresh off writing Warner Bros. “Poseidon,” Mark Protosevich will pen Marvel’s “Thor.”
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