Saturday, May 27, 2006

January 2007 Start for Marvel's "Iron Man"

According to an interview with MTV, director Jon "Foggy Nelson" Favreau is prepping Marvel Studios Iron Man feature, for a production start, January 2007.

"It's the first movie Marvel is self-financing," he said of a new deal that frees the makers of the Spider-Man and X-Men movies from studio control.

"We're set to come out in the summer of '08, and we'll start shooting in January...

"We're gonna have it take place in the present day, but there will be an origin story that has the old, gray 'Iron Man' suit...

"Eventually it will progress into more of the modern look...

"The alcoholism doesn't come into play until later on... [the comic book] started off in the '60s, where it was about him as a successful manufacturer who developed this suit. Then, later, it spins off into that story about him fighting against himself. I think we're going to lay the groundwork for it, but the first one's going to explore him taking on this alter ego of 'Iron Man' and developing the suit, and what happens politically within the 'Stark Corporation'."

Favreau said that the actor playing Iron Man's secret identity of 'Tony Stark' is unlikely to be a major star and hopes to announce the discovery of a relative unknown to play the leading part