"Iron Man" director Jon Favreau, also known for films like "Swingers" and "Elf," has posted a plea of sorts to Marvel and Paramount over "Iron Man 2," a sequel that has been announced, along with the release date of April 30, 2010. The announcement was made the Monday after "Iron Man" debuted to huge box office.
On Favreau's MySpace page, he fields fan questions, one of whom wrote, "Any good news on contract talks between you and Marvel yet?"
This is Favreau's response on the afternoon of Monday, June 9:
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 [Downey, Jr] 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.
"The Incredible Hulk" opens Friday.
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