Posted on Tuesday, June 10th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
Since an Iron Man sequel was first announced, reports of a contract-less Jon Favreau keep popping up. Favs has been playing it cool, insisting that Marvel just has their hands full with Hulk. But now the director has finally voiced his concerns that the April 2010 release date might not be realistic. Favreau writes:
“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.”
I agree with Favreau 100%. The release date is completely unrealistic. Thor is scheduled to come out a couple months later and already has a script. If Favreau is speaking publicly about his concerns, then I’m thinking that something must be up.