Word recently hit the web again that director Jon Favreau has told Marvel Studios that he won't be returning to develop Iron Man 3. It it wouldn't surprise me if it was true. We actually reported that Favreau might not return to the franchise back in August. It looks like it's just now being confirmed.
There are a couple of speculative reasons as to why Favreau doesn't want to return to the franchise. One source says that Favreau was frustrated with Marvel's urge to stuff more of their in-house heroes into the next film in the wake of The Avengers. In a recent interview, Favreau explained a frustrating conversation he'd had with Marvel executives. Apparently he wasn't even sure what the movie would be about.
In theory, Iron Man 3 is going to be a sequel or continuation of Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Avengers... This whole world … I have no idea what it is. I don’t think they do either, from conversations I’ve had with those guys.
Other sources are thinking that it may be what Favreau is worth as a director and speculate that "he was getting too expensive for the frugal Marvel and its equally cost-conscious parent company, Disney. In fact, one Hollywood player familiar with Marvel's playbook theorizes that the company had been pushing a confusing and packed vision of the third film as a tactic to provoke Favreau into leaving the project." Well, that would suck if that's what Marvel was planning. It was previously reported that Favreau would ask for $12 to $15 million dollars upfront for the third Iron Man film.
Another source said in our first report that Iron Man 2 wasn't the film he was trying to make. "It sounds like there might have been so much Marvel interference, most of it to do with shoehorning Avengers elements into the movie, that both Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. were disappointed in the final product."
From what it sounds like, this is Favreau's decision not to return. It will be sad to not see Favreau return to direct the film, but if this is the right decision for him then what can you do? Let's just hope Marvel doesn't start getting sloppy with their movies.
Favreau's next directing project will be Disney's The Magic Kingdom.
What do you all think about Favreau not directing Iron Man 3?