Jon Favreau Might Not Direct Iron Man 2 - It Can't Be?!
Some rather disheartening news has hit regarding Jon Favreau's involvement in the future of Iron Man. From the initial announcement of Iron Man 2 last month, Favreau had made it known that he wasn't officially signed on for the sequel yet. Nearly a month later that still hasn't changed, but now some worse news has arrived - it sounds like Favreau might not direct it at all! Robert at IESB has gone out of his way this time to assure us that this comes from the higher ups in Marvel and that the story is legit. Apparently Marvel's chairman David Maisel believes that "Iron Man 2 will be a success regardless of Favreau's involvement and feels the studio does not need to pay Jon a higher fee for his services." This is an outrage!
Iron Man has currently made over $537.7 million at the box office worldwide (via Box Office Mojo). Those aren't exactly numbers to just shrug off. And beyond that, we all know that Iron Man kicked plenty of ass and is arguably up there with some of the other best superhero flicks of all-time. I made sure to specifically mention Favreau in my review, saying that "Favreau is more than this film's savior. He's the one who built Iron Man from the ground up." Now you understand why it's so painful to hear that Marvel is just tossing him aside for someone else. He was what made the movie come together so damn well! Without him, I feel like Iron Man 2 would lose everything that Favreau created in Iron Man.
So the story goes that Favreau was expecting a boost in his earnings for the sequel after the first film did so well, but Marvel didn't exactly agree. I'm not going to try and argue about earnings, but reports from the first Iron Man point out that Favreau was paid quite a minimal amount considering he wasn't exactly a big director (his previously films were Made, Elf, and Zathura). So now Favreau wants a bigger take because, well, Iron Man did make $500 million, and Marvel is being stubborn and cheap. IESB assures us that this is 100% accurate and not bullshit. And that sucks, because if this is true, then that is one hell of a low blow to Favreau and all of the fans.
In a separate update, Favreau answered some questions for fans on MySpace and addressed this concern. "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." Additionally, he expresses his concern over the April 30th, 2010 release date. "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."
I never thought I'd be saying this, but I think it's time the fans take up arms and show Marvel that we want Favreau back! It really seems like Marvel has let all of this success get to their head. They've stepped past the line of being reasonable and have gone into the realm of the ridiculous. All of this is a rumor until we get some official confirmation, but that probably won't happen. All of this news seems legit and the only way we're going to make an impact is if we voice our opinion and fight for Favreau. I know I want him back and I think he deserves to be back. Not only did he make one of the best superhero films, but he made Iron Man an incredible box office success. Bring Jon Favreau back for Iron Man 2!
Update: Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke just posted this update on Wednesday. "I heard this morning that Marvel Studios boss David Maisel has put out an offer to Jon Favreau to direct the sequel. So all that Internet blather about how Marvel won't bring back Favreau for it is just b.s. It'll be Jon's choice, believe me." However, I won't be saying it's 100% until Favreau announces he's officially signed as well.