Sunday, January 07, 2007

has he lost his mind?

I'm reading an article in Time about the "three-quel" mania (boy, I guess they don't call 'em trilogies any more, or it may be a useful neologism; actual trilogies seem to have a source and story that can't be contained in one movie) going on in Hollywood and there's a sidebar about possibilities for other such things, and one of them just happens to be the development of an Iron Man movie, starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark and Terrence Howard as Jim Rhodes, which actually, is inspired casting to me -- Downey is Hollywood's prodigal son, an acting savant who chose to throw a lot of his career away on various forms of drugs and addiction, and if you've read any bit of Iron Man, a crucial part of Stark's background is his alcoholism.

I sense problems, though, because the director is Jon Favreau, whom I'm not sure has done a hell of a lot worth of value after Swingers -- his talent on-screen seems to be inversely related to his girth; the bigger he gets physically, the worse his movies get. The standard for comic adaptations got set rather high when Sam Raimi started with the Spider-Man franchise, and nothing in Favreau's directing credits suggests he's the person to handle this.

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