re: $200m MOVIE - Well so far it's just Jeff Bridges saying it...and Jeff is Jeff
so...I think I'm gonna reserve judgment on that story for now.
To quote Meredith Woerner in her article: I can't believe they let Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau just run with this stuff.
Makes two of us. Because MMP Hollywood does not work that way. Favreau doesn't pack enough clout as a director to get away with something like that either. Especially considering he only had one
film he directed (Elf
) make any real money prior to Iron Man
. And that was a Christmas themed family film, so it really doesn't count quite as much since the public loves those things and is always hoping for the release of a "new
classic" each Christmas. (New classic
? Talk about an oxymoron!) This is the type of film the movie industry refers to as a "pre-sold franchise" where the audience is already there.
Besides, AFAIK the 'money people' and completion bonding company won't greenlight a production without a shooting script/schedule approved and on file. Maybe the original script wasn't finalized or followed too closely. That's not unusual when doing an action movie. But there was definitely a script somewhere
that Favreau was (at the very least) referring to.
Maybe Favreau just forgot to show it to Jeff?
Either way, it was a pleasant little action flick. And Downey absolutely nailed
the Tony Stark character.