Downey Jr Leaves 'Gravity' But Still 'Knows How to Talk to Girls'
As was previously mentioned as a possibility, Heat Vision now reports Robert Downey Jr. has officially dropped out of Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi film Gravity. But as one project loses the talent of Downey, another is fortunate to pick it up. Apparently the actor is circling an adaptation of a book written by a 9-year old boy. How to Talk to Girls, an advice book on how to deal with women, began as a school project for the young Alec Greven, but a publishing deal and three more books shows this is more than just child's play. Though a draft was previously written, the project is now being developed as a future vehicle for Downey. Read on!
It's not clear how a book written by a kid will translate to a film without simply being a hollow cinematic shell of the book itself, but that's Hollywood for you. Ben Karlin and Stu Zicherman wrote the first draft of the script, but Susan Downey (the actor's wife and producing partner) will oversee the hiring of a writer along with producer Shawn Levy (director of Night at the Museum) who has said he wanted to turn this into a comedy similar to Big. Okay, now this is starting to make a little more sense.
Of course, the sources for this story are careful to point out that he's only considering the project right now and he's not guaranteed to star in it (after all, he just left another project in which he was attached to star). The project sounds interesting, but Downey is a busy guy, so I'm willing to bet he only ends up producing this one. Disney is still planning on Downey being able to shoot Oz: The Great and Powerful next summer, but with The Avengers production getting closer and closer, time is running out. What do you think of How to Talk to Girls?