Favreau to Direct "Iron Man"

by | April 28, 2006 | Comments

The Hollywood Reporter indicates that "Elf" & "Zathura" director Jon Favreau will be behind the helm (early next year) on the long-awaited big-screen rendition of "Iron Man."

"In the comic, Iron Man’s real identity is that of billionaire industrialist Tony Stark, who develops an armored suit that lets him fly and shoot "repulsor rays." The comic debuted in the 1960s, and Iron Man’s origin involved Stark being a prisoner of the Viet Cong. The comic evolved into Stark fighting spies, both political and industrial, while also battling alcoholism."

"Iron Man" will be Favreau’s next movie, and he hopes to go behind the camera early next year."

–Although he’s 3 for 3 as a director (he also did "Made," which isn’t exactly "Swingers," but it’s close enough for me), Jon Favreau is quite well-known as a comedic character actor. In addition to the aforementioned pair of comedies (both of which co-starred Vince Vaughn), Favreau’s stolen scenes in flicks like "Rudy," "Deep Impact," "Very Bad Things," "The Replacements," "Daredevil," and "Wimbledon."