December 16th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
The third time definitely won't be the charm for Jon Favreau. According to New York Magazine's Vulture, the director won't return to helm "Iron Man 3."
Favreau, who directed both "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2," explained to the Los Angeles Times that he wasn’t leaving behind the tale of Tony Stark because of a rift in his relationship with Marvel but because he wanted to “find something that lights a fire” for him as a filmmaker.
He told the LAT that he wants the opportunity to “blow people away, which is easier to do with a project that isn’t loaded with built-in expectations.”
It sounds like Favreau’s hoping that opportunity will come in the form of his live-action spin on the Disney attraction “Magic Kingdom.” The director announced last month that he was taking the reins on the film, joining the ranks of directors like Guillermo del Toro, who himself is working on a Disney inspired feature with a new “Haunted Mansion” movie.
Favreau’s departure from the franchise, which has grossed $1.2 billion worldwide, doesn’t mean he’s washing his hands of Marvel altogether; he’s still on board as a producer for “The Avengers,” which is being directed by Joss Whedon and due out in 2012.
“Marvel and I both came of age together,” Favreau told the LA Times. “The years that we shared were a pivotal experience.” He credited Marvel exec Kevin Feige with having “a firm grasp on the many franchises and how they all interweave," adding, "I am happy that I had the opportunity to establish the world that these characters can now play in.”
“Iron Man,” Favreau noted, "has given me tremendous opportunities, and Kevin and I are enjoying a lot of momentum in our careers thanks to the ‘Iron Man’ films. I look forward to seeing what others can do playing in the same world.”
According to NY Mag's Vulture, Marvel has started the process of seeking out a new director, a role that "Iron Man" star Robert Downey Jr. can weigh in on since he has contractual rights to approving who will fill Favreau's shoes.
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