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Kokomo29 05-18-2008 02:15 AM

Jon Favreau not signed on for sequel?!?!
I just read an article that stated that Jon Favreau still wasn't signed on to direct Iron Man 2. Does anyone honestly think there is a chance that Marvel Studios won't ask him to come back to direct the second installment? He had better direct it - they would be crazy not to get him to do it!!

Here is the article:

Rikxiepoo 05-18-2008 11:32 AM

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Michael Bay and Transformers 2 all over again =O!

Kirk Langstrom 05-18-2008 01:01 PM

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Last i heard, they were negotiating.

FaT_tONle 05-18-2008 01:21 PM

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The three picture contract is ambiguous... it doesn't mean the actors are obligated for three films (director included)... the studio has the two picture option on them. If the studio wants to look in another direction they can and let those people go. When you have a hit, you still have to negotiate with the agents or whomever and essentially work out a brand new deal. Nothing is ever set in stone.

Kokomo29 05-18-2008 02:09 PM

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Does anyone think that Jon Favreau will NOT return for the sequel?

Juggernaut33 05-18-2008 03:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Kokomo29 (Post 14831289)
Does anyone think that Jon Favreau will NOT return for the sequel?

I am positive he will. Let's face it, this guy isn't a firestorm of activity. The movie is set to be released in 2 years which I think means that they have to hire a director soon (it's not like Quantum of Solace where the preproduction began meanwhile Casino Royale was shooting) and since Jon Favreau did pretty well (at the box office), they don't have to fix it.

Arach Knight 05-19-2008 07:25 AM

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After a successful stint with Raimi on Spider-Man, I do not see why Marvel would not attempt to repeat the same successful formula with the same director and cast. I am aware that Sony was in charge of most of the production, but Marvel still had some what of a say. Why would they risk another Bryan Singer or Ang Lee when John Favreau so clearly works?

hpwiz89 06-01-2008 03:10 AM

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If he doesn't come back he would be pretty stupid, come one he knows he will get loads of money plus he will have fun makin ghte movie.

Ironfan72 06-01-2008 08:02 AM

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Kevin Freige said last week that they were close to re-signing Jon, so I believe they will announce something within the next couple months.

TheVileOne 06-01-2008 10:58 AM

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Favreau talked about signing onto the second movie on Howard Stern and he said would like a percentage of the gross this time. I think he also mentioned for ELF that he didn't get any percentage or royalties for that movie, when the studio claims that ELF has NOT made money yet. Which sounds a little ridiculous.

Mutagen 06-01-2008 01:36 PM

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Too bad if it's true, I rather enjoyed him as a director.

Arach Knight 06-01-2008 02:12 PM

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"After being pressed by Stern, Favreau revealed his director's salary -- $4 million for the first film, with a NET profit deal which will pay a very small percentage once the film begins to turn a profit."

I don't see how he could want more money. This reminds me of when Sean Connery got paid $10 million to star in League of Extraordinary Gentleman. I'm not saying that Favreau didn't deserve to get paid...i'm just saying that if he got paid that $4 million salary for two more films, he'd have $12 million just for directing. Some actors don't even get paid that much after doing three films.

Devil 06-02-2008 02:45 AM

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According to IESB and producer Peter Billingsley Jon Favreau has signed for the sequel:

Arach Knight 06-02-2008 12:57 PM

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Dead link. Even the site does not come up.

Ironfan72 06-02-2008 06:46 PM

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just go to, it's one of there top stories right, very easy to find.

Arach Knight 06-02-2008 10:08 PM

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I tried that and is still does not work.

Gotham 06-03-2008 03:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Arach Knight (Post 14940053)
I tried that and is still does not work.

They were up earlier in the day. I'm assuming it's the resdesign they've been talking about and it's finally coming into effect.

And basically, Peter said that Jon was back, and Marvel is awesome. Complimented Robert Downey Junior and that was really it.

Arach Knight 06-03-2008 03:34 AM

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So it seems like a lot of unnecessary worry. Considering Faverau's limited success (he was part of the production team for Elf, which I believe he wrote and produced), I don't think he would pass on the gold mine that is the newly established Iron Man franchise.

Cinemaman 06-04-2008 04:45 PM

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Favreau just wants his take on box office, and that will probably cut some producers' money. But I doubt it will hurt so much the final deision, as they will anyway give it to him, because he is the guy, who made the first movie; so as the movie keeps running, Fav is James Cameron for Marvel.

kedrell 06-05-2008 03:27 PM

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This is silly. There is literally waaaay less than 1% chance that he won't be back. Same with RDJ, Howard & Paltrow.

Raiden 06-05-2008 05:28 PM

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I think Faverau will be back for sure. He said he wants to return for IM2, and Marvel Studio (being a young company and all) won't be so stupid as to find another director for IM2 and risk ruining a franchise like when Ratner took over X3. But I do think they should try to resolve this negotiation ASAP so he can start to work on the framework for IM2.

Chewy 06-10-2008 01:38 PM

No Favreau for IM2?
I doubt this'd actually come true, because I think Downey would walk if a move this douchey was made, but still, wtf? We should NOT be hearing that Marvel is even considering dumping Favreau.


You won't believe what Marvel Studios is contemplating, shame on you David Maisel!

Marvel Studios is sitting on top of the world with the recent success of Iron Man so far taking in over $535 million in worldwide box office receipts. So why hasn’t Marvel locked in Jon Favreau to direct the sequel Iron Man 2? It's been known since the release of Iron Man that director Jon Favreau had not yet been officially signed on to direct Iron Man 2. Kevin Feige during our edit bay visit of the Incredible Hulk mentioned that they were in negotiations, several producers have confirmed the same to several different news outlets, so the question is why isn't he locked in yet?
About a week ago, the IESB was tipped off by a junior source at Marvel Studios that there had been some delays with Jon's negotiations regarding the sequel. When asked why I was told that Marvel and Favreau hadn't been able to come to terms regarding money.

At first I thought my source was full of **** and I dismissed it as a rumor. This last Friday I was contacted by another source at Marvel and this one, let's just say, is much higher up on the food chain, and told me that the chairman of Marvel Studios David Maisel who has been in charge of negotiating new terms with Favreau is being cheap and not willing to pay a fair directors' fee.

Favreau was a bargain to begin with, he is after all a fairly new director even though he has had several commercially successful films under his belt when he was brought aboard Iron Man for a steal.

Don't know exact numbers but I am sure that it wasn’t a Michael Bay/Brett Ratner/Bryan Singer paycheck. He had to prove himself after all and looking at what the box office and DVD sales are going to bring in, around $750-800 million, I'd say he did his job well, very well.

So according to our source at Marvel, Jon was expecting a moderate bump in his fee for the sequel but apparently Marvel has other plans.

Our source continues that Maisel believes Iron Man 2 will be a success regardless of Favreau's involvement and feels the studio does not need to pay Jon a higher fee for his services.

This is the most disappointing news that I have heard coming out of Hollywood in years, is Marvel out of their Vulcan mind?
So bottom line, Jon Favreau has not been locked in to direct Iron Man 2 for the simple reason that Marvel is being cheap - this is 100% accurate folks, no ********.

This is completely disheartening. Iron Man was the first real Marvel production on their own two feet and Favreau came through like a champ. He gave credibility to the studio, hell, I'd even say he MADE the studio.

If that movie had bombed and he hadn't done his job right Marvel wouldn't be making the plans for the future like they are now. They would be going back to making films with other studio partners like they always have.
It's time for Marvel to return the favor - give the guy his fee (which I hear is the regular standard director's fee, no more), bring him back and kick some ass with IRON MAN 2!

I've contacted Marvel Studios who quickly asked us to contact their publicists over at Principal Communication Group for comment.
In regards to the March production start date that Terrence Howard talked about in his interview with, Paul Pflug from Principal Communications gave us a standard "no comment."

So what about Jon coming back to direct Iron Man 2?

The official statement is that they are still negotiating with Favreau.

Interesting…negotiations huh? Take a look at what Favreau posted on his official MySpace page just yesterday:
It’s been five weeks since the one and only phone call my reps have gotten from Marvel. I know their hands are full with the Hulk and I’m sure they will get into it shortly, as they tell me they intend to. I ran into the Marvel guys at the Hulk premiere and everyone sounded eager to get to work on IM2.

I am concerned, however, about the announced release date of April 2010. Neither Robert nor I were consulted about this and we are both concerned about how realistic the date is in light of the fact that we have no script, story or even writers hired yet. This genre of movie is best when it is done thoughtfully and with plenty of preparation. It might be better to follow the BB/DK, X/X2 three year release pattern than to scramble for a date. It is difficult because there are no Marvel 09 releases and they need product, but I also think we owe it to the fans to have a great version of IM2 and, at this point, we would have less time to make it than the first one."
One call five weeks ago is not what I consider "negotiations."

Enough said. I have double checked with my sources again at Marvel who are sticking to their story, negotiations - if you want to call them that - are not going well.

What do you think? Email me at and I'll be sure to send your thoughts on to Marvel Studios…

FlawlessVictory 06-10-2008 01:47 PM

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Pretty disturbing. But I can't imagine Marvel being that dumb and continuing the IM franchise without Favreau.

Showtime 06-10-2008 01:50 PM

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Wow. Is Marvel turning into WB?

louiebling$ 06-10-2008 01:50 PM

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Yea. I call shannaigans

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