I read an article where Tom Cruise said he would love to be Iron Man but the character and script has to be believable...plus if Hayter is writing it should turn out good
IRON MAN FLICK GETS A DIRECTOR
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nick Cassavetes has signed to direct New Line’s Iron Man feature film. The film will be Cassavetes’ first big-budget action take, as his previous films include mid-budget films such as John Q, She’s So Lovely,, and The Notebook.
As previously announced, the film will be written by David Hayter, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, and, according to the trade, will “reflect modern technological, political, and societal trends,” suggesting that the film may have more in common with the portrayal of the character as seen in Ultimates and the newly relaunched Iron Man series, which have moved Tony Stark's origin story forward in time, no longer tying it to the Vietnam War.
Cassavetes will polish the screenplay.
Facing critics perhaps before they can comment, Marvel Studios Avi Arad pointed out that he doesn’t see the director as an odd choice. "Do you remember what Bryan Singer did before X-Men?" Arad asked the Reporter. Singer directed the character-based Apt Pupil before the hit super-hero film and its sequel.
"That was considered an odd choice,” Arad continued. “Sam Raimi directed A Simple Plan and The Gift before Spider-Man. We have a good track record of getting directors that get the material. ('Iron Man') is a huge movie, with big action and incredible technology, but without understanding and loving Tony Stark, then all the money in the world isn't going to get you where you want to go. It all starts with the emotional mix."
Finally, Arad told the Reporter that many directors that would seem to be more obvious choices to helm an action movie were discounted because they didn't have a strong emotional take on the project.
Cassavetes is currently filming Alpha Dog, and Iron Man casting is expected to begin immediatley. Tom Cruise at one time had been rumored to be in the running for playing Tony Stark/Iron Man, however, all roles are currently open.
UPDATE: From the Marvel Press Release, issued early Tuesday afternoon:
"This is an ideal situation because Nick is a tremendous talent with a passion for the material, and we have had such incredible success working with both him and Marvel in the past," said New Line production president Toby Emmerich. "Teaming up again to launch a franchise as promising as 'Iron Man' is very exciting."
Arad added, "Being able to work with such an acclaimed writer/director as Nick Cassavetes to bring one of our pre-eminent Super Hero franchises to the big screen is really special. Nick grew up reading 'Iron Man' and personally loves the character. He shares our vision of how to bring 'Iron Man' to life in a way that will appeal to a mass audience as well as the core Super Hero fan base. This deal with Nick marks the perfect way to launch our second big Marvel franchise with New Line, a studio that we have enjoyed a great relationship with in building the Blade character into a Hollywood heavyweight."
Based on the long-running Marvel comic book series, "Iron Man" tells the story of Tony Stark, the enigmatic heir to the Stark Enterprises fortune. A driven inventor and executive who seems to have it all, Tony is haunted by his dark side. Though he commands his empire by day, by night he secretly becomes "Iron Man," the living embodiment of decades of defense spending and innovation. Strapping on billions of dollars worth of state-of-the-art armor and weaponry each night to fight crime, terrorism and corporate espionage, Tony begins to crack under the strain of his fractured lifestyle and must ultimately confront the one enemy he can never beat -- himself.
"Iron Man" marks the continuation of New Line's successful relationship with Marvel, which was initiated with the studio's hit adaptation of "Blade" in 1998. New Line built on the initial film's success with the release of "Blade II" in 2002, and is set to release the third installment of the franchise, "Blade: Trinity," on Dec. 8.
Cassavetes' relationship with New Line has also proved to be a profitable one in recent years. His last directorial effort, "The Notebook," was one of this summer's biggest hits at the box office. He also directed the 2002 hit film "John Q" for the studio and is currently in production on the drama "Alpha Dog," which features an ensemble cast including Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, Sharon Stone and Emile Hirsch.
Marvel has an impressive track record when it comes to translating its renowned Super Heroes to the big screen with such blockbusters as "Spider- Man," "Spider-Man 2," "X-Men," "X-Men 2," "Daredevil," and "The Hulk." The company is also currently in production on the much buzzed about adaptation of "Fantastic Four," which hits theaters July 1, 2005.
Emmerich is overseeing "Iron Man" for New Line along with the studio's senior vp production Stokely Chaffin, vp George Waud and creative executive Jeff Katz. Spearheading the production for Marvel Studios are Kevin Feige and Ari Arad.
Antonio Banderas should be Iron Man.
Sounds like someone at Marvel forgot about The Usual Suspects and Darkman...
dude, its being written by solid snake. i dont care if it sucks.
"Look for the most annoying place possible, and thats where Ed will be." - Benito Cereno
Tom Cruise would be a perfect Tony Stark IMO.
Origin Movies RULE!!!
I hope they completely change the character and his motivations. And they use the Mandarin, only he isn't oriental, or a wizard, and he isn't evil.
That would rul3.