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IRON MAN 2 To Be Penned By TROPIC THUNDER Screenwriter Justin Theroux??

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Screenwriter Justin Theroux (the fast-approaching Ben Stiller comedy "Tropic Thunder") is negotiating to write “Iron Man 2,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. The widely acclaimed "Tropic," which co-stars "Iron Man" star Robert Downey Jr., was the first produced screenplay for Theroux, who previously made his mark as an actor in projects like "Mulholland Dr" and "Six Feet Under." The same piece indicates "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau is negotiating to helm the Marvel sequel. Find all of the Reporter’s story on the matter here.

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  • July 16, 2008, 12:38 a.m. CST


    by Duke of Hurl

  • July 16, 2008, 12:39 a.m. CST

    if it ain't broke

    by Duke of Hurl

    don't fix it

  • July 16, 2008, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Roman Numerals?

    by The Guy Who Slept Through Everything.

    Not diggin it.

  • July 16, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Sorry, off topic, but Hellboy II was not very good

    by Speed Fricassee

    And Tropic Thunder rocks. Cool.

  • July 16, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Justin Theroux

    by Series7

    Sure why not. Did anyone write the first one? I thought they just came up with set pieces and pointed the camera a RDJ? And then tossed tons of money to Stan Winston's Company. Maybe they should worry about who's going to score the next one, I didn't dig the whole No Country no music feel of the first one...oh wait there was music? Well maybe it'll be more memorable next time, fucking wasted use of the easiest theme song choice ever.

  • July 16, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Hellboy II Was Great

    by Duke of Hurl

    Back on topic: Actors as Screenwriters FTW!

  • July 16, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    TDK will sleep with you and make you breakfast in the AM.

    by The Guy Who Slept Through Everything.

  • July 16, 2008, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Iron Man 3

    by Etrigan_

    ...will be directed by Joel Shumacher. Nipples on Iron Man. You know it to be true...

  • July 16, 2008, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Hellboy 2 owned and Iron Man too...

    by andrew coleman

    Even though the fights and battles in Iron Man were meh. Hopefully they work on that for part 2.

  • July 16, 2008, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Monica Bellucci as Madame Masque?

    by Duke of Hurl

    Any word on the villain? I say fuck the Fu Manchu stereotype, go Mandarin.

  • July 16, 2008, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Chow Yun-Fat as the Mandarin

    by Duke of Hurl

  • July 16, 2008, 1:23 a.m. CST


    by Zeke25:17

    You'll see me one more time, if you do good...and two more times, if you do bad. Good night.

  • July 16, 2008, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Drew Carey is MODOK

    by Duke of Hurl

  • July 16, 2008, 1:36 a.m. CST


    by The Marquis de Side 3

    we haven't seen "TROPIC THUNDER" yet, and the most important thing about the Iron Man stories is its fun and accessibility to audiences. Oh, and just because you wrote what promises to be a successful comedy doesn't mean you can't write a good action film.

  • July 16, 2008, 2:05 a.m. CST

    huge in-joke in watchmen trailer

    by bacci40

    if you can guess what it is, you get to have illicit relations with harry's new bride

  • July 16, 2008, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Why punish the winners Bacci?

    by blindambition238

  • July 16, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST


    by Duke of Hurl


  • July 16, 2008, 2:33 a.m. CST

    no link...aint seen the trailer yet

    by bacci40

    wasnt lucky enuf to win tiks to tonites viewing...only getting info from those that have seen is a hint...the in joke is not visual

  • July 16, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST

    I've always enjoyed Theroux as an actor

    by IndustryKiller!

    And felt he was really very underutilized. But then again he's talented and doesn't come off like an obnoxious twat, so it makes sense Hollywood wouldn't know what the fuck to do with him.

  • July 16, 2008, 3:39 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Totally agree, the script for Iron Man was lame.

  • July 16, 2008, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Can Theroux write?

    by odo19

    I like him as an actor. I thought he was the best thing about Mulholland Drive........well other than Laura Elena Harring's tits. I've never seen anything he's written though. Oh and Hellboy 2 did rock. Easily the most entertaining film of the year. Absolutely amazing.

  • July 16, 2008, 3:50 a.m. CST

    If its not broke dont fix it.

    by wowsah156

  • July 16, 2008, 3:50 a.m. CST

    If its not broke dont fix it.

    by wowsah156

  • July 16, 2008, 3:50 a.m. CST


    by wowsah156

    Keep the same writer from the first movie.

  • July 16, 2008, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Can Theroux bring Nick Fury as Mel Gibson....?

    by Monkey_King

    and digitally remove Sam Jackson from the first film?

  • July 16, 2008, 4:04 a.m. CST

    It Might Be Heavily Rewritten...

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Mentioning the first guy who gets a whack at the script is jumping the gun ever so slightly. Remember Andrew Kevin Walker's discarded X-Men script. And Michael Chabon wrote a treatment for X-Men and wrote a draft of Spiderman 2. If this thing is going to be ready for filming, at least half a dozen screenwriters will be crawling all over it.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Also What's Wrong With A Chinese Villain...?

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    China is so much a part of the Zeitgeist at the moment. The only problem with a Chinese bad guy is if he's a lame stereotype. I imagine they might downplay the whole aliens/supernatural angle to him though and might not directly call him The Mandarin. He'd probably be more like a Chinese Norman Osborn, a business rival to Stark that has some dark secrets and darker schemes.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:55 a.m. CST


    by HowieMandela


  • July 16, 2008, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Were Talking about the same dude that was in Charlies Angels and

    by MRJONZ72

    I didnt even now he was writing stuff

  • July 16, 2008, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Last subject heading got cut off

    by MRJONZ72

    I was trying to say Charlies Angles and American Pyscho..Funny thing I remember back in 03 when I reached the American Psycho for the 3rd time. I said to myself, you know Christian Bale could be a very good Batman/Bruce Wayne or Harvey Dent...I might able to see Justin T. as the Joker and possibly Josh Lucas as Harvey Dent - Just based on the various movies or in Justin T's mostly TV work I have seen.

  • July 16, 2008, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Hellboy II is excellent.

    by Imagikafan

    On topic: I'll decide if this is good news after I see tropic Thunder.

  • July 16, 2008, 6:56 a.m. CST


    by MRJONZ72

    I never realized that Andrew Kevin Walker wrote a draft for Spiderman, I would like to read that.. I will have to see if I can find it.

  • July 16, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST

    What's with the the Friskies commerical?!?!

    by indyjonez100

    I'm not a middle age single woman with 30 cats so why do they think any one on this site would be REMOTELY interested in cat food. They completely missed the mark on where that commercial should be aired. Perhaps the iVillage site but not aintitcoolnews. Come on.

  • July 16, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Theroux is always fun to watch.

    by Knuckleduster

    Loved him in the Lynch movies. Hey, wasn't he in Sex and the City for a while?

  • July 16, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Justin T

    by 66613

    That guy kicks ass. Hardly any cool new actors out there, but He's one of the best. Wish I could see more of him. You can keep Charlies Angels tho

  • July 16, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST


    by TroutMaskReplicant

    It's freely available - I never got very far in it though, it wasn't much fun to read.

  • July 16, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    if it's as good as Dedication

    by alansmitheepodcast

    it'll be a fantastic suckfest

  • July 16, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    No wait that one is fucked.

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    The formatting is all over the place. Let me see if I can find a better one.

  • July 16, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Theroux Rules!

    by Montag666

    I didn't know he was a writer! He's great in everything I've seen him in. Six Feet Under, Mulholland Drive, and he was even great as John Hancock in the John Adams miniseries: "I am a businessman strangled by monopoly! Shame on you sir!"

  • July 16, 2008, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Iron Man will be forgotten after DK

    by Judge Briggs

    It's true

  • July 16, 2008, 8:25 a.m. CST


    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Yeah, I dunno whether it appears wrong to you but it comes up shit when I look at it. I have a version saved in my archive anyway, which works. If you want to give me your email in a way that won't have you spammed senseless I'll send it on.

  • July 16, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST


    by DeadPanWalking

    Justin Theroux has yet to disappoint as an actor or a screenwriter. He's one of the most underrated figures in Hollywood. This should be good.

  • July 16, 2008, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Worst Idea Ever - Get Somone Good Instead

    by StealthGeek01

    How to ruin a franchise in one easy lesson: 1. Hire Justin Theroux

  • July 16, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Justine Theroux?

    by spud mcspud

    Owner of the worst Irish accent EVER to grace the movies in CHARLIE'S ANGEL 2: DEMI'S HOT? Wasn't he the dude who completely trashed a hotel room suite in the music video for Muse's "Hysteria"? He's one intense guy, and I'd love to see him do a seriously dramatic role. Fuck it, fire Bale and make him the new Bruce Wayne.<P> But as a screenwriter? Fuck it, why not? He can't be any worse than some of the shitheels out there. I mean, fuck, Akiva Goldfinger is still employed!?!?!

  • July 16, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Hellboy 2, not as good as i'd hoped.

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    damn shame. that karaoke/beer scene want on and on, way too many baby references, and the team's internal drama was just wasted.<p>evil Elric stole the show.<p>again i say, damn shame.

  • July 16, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    So, they're going deeper into "comedic" nonsense?

    by SpencerTrilby

    The lame tone of the first one was depressing enough, now they hire Theroux fresh from Tropic Thunder? <p> I dig him as an actor, but that news does nothing to allay my fears the sequel will be another shitfest of lazy cynicism and poor slapstick trying to hide the shallow character development and lack of meaningful plot. I'm eager to give him a chance because it's Justin Fuckin' Theroux, but the same indulgence applied to Favreau spawned a real moronic movie masquerading as a quality project, so... Been fooled before.

  • July 16, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    I really hated Iron Man and I'm not sure how I feel about Tropic

    by fassbinder79

    But Theroux is a nice guy (met him once at a screening for Inland Empire in NYC) and he is a very talented writer. I think he'll probably write an inventive script for Iron Man 2. But as good as the script might be...That won't make Favreu a better director.

  • July 16, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST


    by fassbinder79

    I agree with you. Iron Man was a major disappointment. It should have been darker in my opinion. Honestly I think I would have rather seen Danny DeVito or Brian DePalma direct it rather than JV. The effects were terrible and the story and tone was too campy to be taken seriously. As a huge fan of the comic book it was a MAJOR letdown.

  • July 16, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Those are odd choices, fassbinder79^^

    by SpencerTrilby

    but yeah, I was left completely in awe as the end credits rolled... How such a silly, uninspired movie could be the flavor of the month and "a step in the right direction" as so many observers said when it comes to comics-to-film adaptations?? The plot was paperthin, the acting hammy as hell (with comedians "ad-libbing" all at the same time to hide the poor level of the dialogue, making the whole thing a true ear-raping "performance" a la Lethal Weapon 3) and the action scenes totally uninspired (the evasion) if not derivative (the final fight is RoboCop 2 without the badassness) or even insulting to the intelligence (the "no-fly zone" bullshit - as if a military contractor doubled with a fucking state of the art AI couldn't avoid the pseudo-dogfight...) but oh-so convenient to muscle up the trailers and lure in people with bogus set pieces. <p> What really upsets me is the bullshit posture of the promoters, who spent months and doughs trying to butter up the fans with their so-called "ambitions" (citing Verhoeven, Clancy and Cameron as major influences) when the end product is just another dickless, sub-par flick whose only redeeming value to the audience is Downey channeling Jack Sparrow. How lazy is that? I could spend a few more words stating how they got Stark completely off the mark (from the driven, big-mouthed idealist saying what others hardly dare to think to a cheap cynical prick people love to hate without even questionning his choices) with their I-can't-believe-they-wrote-THAT "change of heart" plot device - a worthy rival to the whole "bad guy's harmed by ICE" when it comes to the most childishly stupid writing in this film - but I digress. I truly hated the posturing of the filmmakers as well as the end product. I cannot believe so many people (among them some fellow talkbackers - a bunch of whom I thought were able do detect shit when they were served some) praise this trash as being "clever" or even "faithful". Puzzling.

  • July 16, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST


    by MRJONZ72

    Yeah I tried reading the script at the link you sent..but like you said...the format is all over the place..but yeah if you can thanks.

  • July 16, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST


    by fassbinder79

    Once again I agree with your post. I mentioned Depalma and DeVito because in my opinion DD proved with Hoffa that he could tell a good story without it primarily being a dark comedy. And his films like Roses and Smoochy show that he could have handled Stark's twisted sense of humor. DePalma in my opinion is a virtuoso with the camera and when it comes to suspense. I think he needs a big studio film right now and this might be the project to bring him back. He made a comeback with Untouchables and yet another with Mission Impossible. I think he is more than capable of taking on a comic book franchise. My first choice for most Hollywood fare is almost always Paul Verhoeven who blew me away yet again with Black Book. I think he should have been directing Iron Man and G.I. Joe.

  • July 16, 2008, 10:50 a.m. CST


    by fassbinder79

    I also think that Cuaron is a great go to director for many of these tentpole summer films.

  • July 16, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST

    What the hell? Iron Man bashing?!?

    by Acappellaman

    I sincerely hope those of you who are trashing Iron Man are just joking. Iron Man was one of the best Comic Book movies ever released. Granted, I've ready very little of the comic book, but I read enough to know the origin of Iron Man well enough. I though Favreau did a fantastic job directing Iron Man, and I'm glad to see he's back. SpencerTrilby and fassbinder, you're both high as kites.

  • July 16, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Well, that's just like, my opinion (Acappella)man!

    by SpencerTrilby

    and to fassbinder79: I still think your choices are a bit too odd for my taste, albeit I agree that DePalma did a good mainstream job with Mission: Impossible. I'm not sure he'd be interested in high tech gear, though. <p> Good call on Verhoeven, I'd add James Cameron to the wish list but, I mean, who wouldn't?

  • July 16, 2008, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Who cares?

    by Geekhaterssuck

    Yeah I'd love to see the first guy back on but Marvel Studios I think has proven it knows has to handle its properties, at least with the first two movies. Iron Man was brillant, Incredible Hulk did have some flaws but it was a hell of a lot better than that 2003 dreck Ang Lee released. Time will tell if that trend continues but I don't think this is anything to be to worried over.

  • July 16, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Hellboy II Box Office: $38m Opening Weekend


    Not bad. Original opening weekend was $23,172,440 . . . worldwide gross was $99m for the original. I think Hellboy II is going to best that. So we probably will get a Hellboy III.

  • July 16, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST


    by ironically

    is a THREE AMIGOS ripoff, not judging, just saying.

  • July 16, 2008, 12:05 p.m. CST


    by g-ride9000

    But this will not have the amigo dance that ends with the thrust.

  • July 16, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Diablo Cody also negotiating to write IM2

    by Fat Lenny

    Honest to... aw fuck it.

  • July 16, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    So, I'm guessing...

    by Strange Interlude

    ...given that we've got the Tropic Thunder guy on this, that Downey will be replacing Terence Howard as Jim Rhodes?

  • July 16, 2008, 2:05 p.m. CST

    wasn't he in American Psycho and Inland Empire?

    by The Dum Guy

    I think they should somehow incorporate those two movies (thematically) with the Iron Man sequel... Tony battles inner demons while trying to catch a psychotic evil doer, all the while hallucinating on shrooms.

  • July 16, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST


    by Duke of Hurl

    The "posturing of the filmmakers" you speak of comes off as pseudo film school snarkery. From what I observed, the filmmakers (Favreau, Libatique, Downey, Winston et al) were all out to make a fun movie. I had fun watching it. You confuse the filmmakers with the industry marketing machine that makes sure these movies are screened.

  • July 16, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    "The widely acclaimed"?

    by Aeghast

    Really? Where..? I'm curious (and sarcasm-free)

  • July 16, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Duke of Hurl

    by fassbinder79

    I think Theroux will probably write a halfway decent script for Iron Man 2. But Favreau sucks as a director and I had about as much fun watching Iron Man as I did as a kid seeing Mac And Me. Not very much. It was a film study in how to impressively use product placement. Nothing more...Nothing less. Dark Knight will be what comic book films SHOULD be about.

  • July 16, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    You Didn't Like Mac And Me?

    by Duke of Hurl

  • July 16, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    for Theroux, who previously made his mark....

    by chiefpapa an actor in projects like "Mulholland Dr" "Six Feet Under"....."Zoolander" and "Charlie's Angels 2". Don't ever forget the last two, they're classics!

  • July 16, 2008, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Spencer Trilby

    by Goldfingah

    It was fair enough to say you didn't like Iron Man, even better for you to cite the reasons why and best of all for you to nail one of the best Jeff Bridges references in the history of his career in defense of your opinion. However, you still clearly suffer from the malaise of many talkbackers which is basically your inability to tolerate dissent. Should we, the people who enjoyed Iron Man, get down on our knees and apologize to you, o encyclopedia of everything that is Tony Stark, because we had a good time? Should we flagellate ourselves because thanks to our patronage, you looked like an complete asshole for predicting this movie would tank? Your resentment of this movie clearly comes from a deep respect/love (choose your word or come up with your own if there's a better term for it) of the character and being a comic-book fan I get that, but why don't you just stop at giving people your opinion which they have the option to take or leave, instead of telling us we're idiots for not agreeing with it? Just a thought.

  • July 17, 2008, 2:24 a.m. CST


    by Duke of Hurl

    Downey Jr. was a great Tony Stark. If you actually read Iron Man, that is.

  • July 17, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST


    by SpencerTrilby

    Sorry if you misread my comments as a kneejerk reaction to those who liked it. It was never my intent, but maybe the unfathomable hypocrisy of some fanboys I had to deal with on here when the film was relesaed took its toll on me. Anyway, I'm not the kind to diss others' tastes. I just thought it was a trashy movie, to each his own.

  • July 17, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Duke of Hurl

    by SpencerTrilby

    Downey was off for one reason: he played it clownish and cynical. And Stark is many things, but not a cynical clown. More like a driven guy who doesn't take shit from anyone (and certainly not a mechanical arm) - but to portray this, they should've dropped the kiddie tone and build a real spy story, some kind of ballsy and mature political thriller just like the best comics do. They chose to give up in favor of a cardboard characterization (the "change of heart" thing) of a jackass who mellows at the end to please the audience. <p> In this day and age, it would be much more ballsy (and that comes from a liberal) as well as faithful to the source to show Stark as in the comics: the ptriotic guy ready to take shit from the holier-than-thou because he believes that his weapons can make a change. Instead, he choose to drop the business altogether because being anti-war (no matter *which war* it is) is much more popular. I expected some balls from the filmmakers, like a non-cynical Lord Of War or RoboCop but they chose to take the easy path of the "hero you'll love to hate" whose actions are not to be questioned at the end of the day. <p> Besides, between his bogus MySpace page and his constant buttering up of the fans, citing RoboCop or Tom Clancy, Favreau ended up as a blowhard hack to my eyes since his end product bears no similarities to the holy examples he kept bragging about. No one can seriously compare Verhoeven's visionary tale to Favreau's childish action-comedy. <p> If you liked it, more power to you. I respect that and like my previous post said I'm not questionning others' tastes. Personal, ad hominem attacks never bring anything new to the table.