Last week news was swirling that Shane Black, who directed Robert Downey Jr. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005 and was behind the scripts for Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout, was in contention to direct Iron Man 3. Now Deadline reports that Black is “in final negotiations” with Marvel to direct, so it looks pretty much like a done deal.
Jon Favreau departed the Iron Man franchise last year to direct Magic Kingdom for Disney. Favreau said he wanted to “blow people away, which is easier to do with a project that isn’t loaded with built-in expectations.” Now Shane Black will have to deliver on those expectations, while also doing his own thing in the process. Black is first and foremost a writer, but according to Deadline it’s not clear whether he’ll be writing the Iron Man 3 script as well as directing.
Marvel and Disney have set a May 3rd 2013 release date for the sequel, which means Robert Downey Jr. will be suiting up for the fourth time sometime in 2012. The actor will start filming The Avengers in May.