Friday, October 16, 2009

Favreau ain't directing 'Avengers.'

When The Avengers assemble for the tentpole blockbuster planned for Summer 2012, it looks like they'll be doing so without Jon Favreau -- in a director capacity at least.

Favreau recently told MTV's Movies Blog that while he's on board to produce the film, he won't be available to direct.

See for yourself:

His reason?

"It's going to be hard, because I was so involved in creating the world of Iron Man and Iron Man is very much a tech-based hero, and then with 'Avengers' you're going to be introducing some supernatural aspects because of Thor," he continued. "How you mix the two of those works very well in the comic books, but it's going to take a lot of thoughtfulness to make that all work and not blow the reality that we've created."

In terms of adapting Iron Man from the comic books to the big screen, Favreau's asset was always his thoughtfulness. He wasn't the most visually compelling filmmaker, but he made sure that Iron Man made sense in a live action world, and that the entirety of the first film centered on a solid theme. He also did a lot of groundwork to court the fanboy community and get them revved up for the project. I'm not saying he's the best man for the job of directing The Agengers, but considering the way Marvel Films lowballs their creative talent, of the directors who would make themselves available for this project, who else could do this project any justice?

Maybe Martin Campbell, if the whole Green Lantern movie fizzles out, that is.


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