Justin Theroux Delivers a Minor Iron Man 2 Script Update
By now I'm sure we're all familiar with every last detail surrounding Iron Man 2, including that Marvel hired Justin Theroux (seen above) to write the script this time around. Theroux got the job coming off of Tropic Thunder; he used to be an actor and only turned to writing recently, making his impressive debut with Tropic Thunder. UGO caught up with Theroux recently and while he didn't give much of an update, he at least mentioned some interesting things regarding his work on Iron Man 2, the role of Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes in the sequels, and his considerations surrounding The Avengers movie as well.
Theroux explains that they've only finished a first draft. "I just got back from London where I was working with Robert [Downey Jr.] and Kevin Feige… We were talking with Robert, who's out there doing Sherlock Holmes -- he was giving his input and his notes." When asked about the role of Rhodey being cut down because of Marvel's decision to switch out Terrence Howard, he said that it's "all nonsense." Theroux continues: "We're writing the thing virtually the same for Rhodey that we would for any actor. We're really [writing] what's going to be the most interesting story for the fans and [something they are] going to enjoy watching. And whoever's in that part is going to have to play that part and make it work."
As for The Avengers, UGO asked Theroux if he felt any pressure from Marvel to include anything to lead into that movie. "No… they haven't given us any instruction as far as we want you to do this or we want you to do that." He hints that "there's a couple little things that we've been working on, but it's not that we've been taking meetings with Avengers people. It's not like we're six screenwriters sitting in a room from each movie and thinking about how we're gonna work on each other's things." Which is great to hear, because that would've resulted in a big mess. For more from Justin Theroux on Iron Man 2, head over to UGO.