Following Jon Favreau’s departure from the Iron Man franchise Marvel has been busy seeking out potential directors for Iron Man 3. Whoever it is will need approval from Robert Downey Jr. first, unless of course Downey suggests one himself.
From Heat Vision:
Shane Black is in contention to direct Iron Man 3 for Marvel Studios.
The writer/director has powwowed with Marvel execs about his take on the third installment in the blockbuster franchise. As of now he is being considered for the directing job, but the assumption is that if he gets the gig, he would also write a draft.
Insiders said that Black’s involvement is far from a sure thing, and that other filmmakers were being looked at.
Black directed Downey Jr. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005 and was behind the scripts for Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout. His work and relationship with Downey Jr. suggests he would be a great fit for Iron Man 3, although i’m intrigued as to which other directors are also talking with Marvel.
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.