Iron Man 3 is the 5th highest grossing film in history worldwide, but Robert Downey Jr. will be trading in his Marvel Universe Iron Man persona for one of a wooden boy (and possibly his father) when he stars in a live-action adaptation of Pinocchio.
Warner Bros. had initially been in talks with Tim Burton (Alice In Wonderland, Dark Shadows, Frankenweenie) to direct the Pinocchio project. When Robert Downey Jr. was approached to play the Pinocchio character he said he would only be interested if it was live-action. He didn’t want to resort to any form of animation. Tim Burton’s signature Gothic style may have been a deciding factor, and he was dropped from consideration.
Downey Jr. wished upon a star, personally requesting his friend Ben Stiller to helm the project. According to IGN his wish came true, and pre-production is underway with Ben Stiller as director.
Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. have good chemistry working together. Stiller wrote, directed, and starred in Tropic Thunder, which garnered Downey Jr. a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role as Kirk Lazarus (he lost to Heath Ledger). Both men are presently busy finishing up other projects and obligations.
Ben Stiller is in post-production on the adaptation of James Thurber’s short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Stiller directs and stars in the film which has just been chosen to makes its world premiere at the 51st New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, September 27. Academy Award winner Sean Penn (Mystic River, Milk), Kirsten Wiig (Bridesmaids), and Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), are all co-stars in the film, which is already getting Oscar buzz.
Robert Downey Jr. is still working on his current film The Judge with Robert Duvall and Vincent D’Orofino. He is slated to begin filming Avengers 2 in early 2014, so filming for Pinocchio is expected to start next summer.
Updated the gallery with two shoots from 2013 also thanks to my friend Nicole for the ones with Gwyneth. Lovely!
Another on set from July 25th of The Judge.
Movies Production > The Judge > On Set – July 25, 2013
Yet another on set bunch of images from yesterday.
Movies Production > The Judge > On Set – July 22, 2013
In an unusual but utterly intriguing casting rumour, Robert Downey Jr.may play both Gepetto and Pinocchio in a movie adaptation of the classic story helmed by Ben Stiller.
Warner Bros. was originally trying to unite Downey Jr. with director Tim Burton for the project, but it was subsequently revealed that those negotiations may have run afoul when the Iron Man star recently said he would like to collaborate with Stiller. “I want to make Pinocchio as a live action film,” said Downey Jr. at an Iron Man 3 junket, “and not resorting to animation. I would like to do it with Ben Stiller…”
It appears that his wish may now become a reality. According to investigations by website Bleeding Cool, a Stiller/Downey Jr. Pinocchio movie is currently going ahead, with Downey Jr. set to play both Gepetto and the little wooden boy himself. While the practicalities of that casting decision are unconfirmed, one would imagine there would be an element of performance capture, or perhaps Downey Jr. will just be lending his voice to compliment practical effects.
While there is no official news or release date for “Iron Man 4,” fans could be hopeful that Robert Downey Jr. will come back as new spoilers emerge from Pepper Potts herself.
In an interview with GeekNation during an “Iron Man 3″ press day two months ago, Gwyneth Paltrow said, “I don’t think there’s going to be [an Iron Man 4]. I think we’re done with Iron Man.”
But then later on she told DigitalSpy when talking about “The Avengers 2,” “They haven’t yet… They’re trying to make a deal with Robert [Downey Jr.] right now, but Robert likes me around so, you know, I’m sure I’ll pop up here or there or somewhere [smiling].”
Then she told omg! Yahoo, “Anything that’s really good that speaks to me I’ll do. It could be Iron Man 4.”
That’s a bombshell for eager fans right now.
We know that Downey is coming back to reprise his role as Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man in “Avengers 2″ and “Avengers 3,” so that’s exciting to hear. But fans want an “Iron Man 4″ movie as well.
A couple of months ago, “Iron Man 3″ director Shane Black hinted a fourth installment for Iron Man while talking about the latest Iron Man movie as a part of a trilogy.
“It is always complex to tackle a third party. Your first job is to answer this question: what’s left to tell this story? The challenge is that your film is not just a new episode of the adventures of Iron Man, but the continuation of something, a new chapter had to be told,” Black told French magazine Premiere in January. “I have the feeling that the plot that we have developed for Iron Man 3 actually concludes a trilogy. While leaving the door open for a fourth…”
Then he added, “There were a lot of discussions about this: ‘Is it is the last Iron Man for Robert?’ Something tells me it will not, and will be seen in a fourth installment, or fifth … But maybe I’m a little out of control.”
Well, we won’t think you would be out of control Black!
I guess we will have to wait around and see if there will be “Iron Man 4″ in the future, but for now we can look at some clues and only speculate.
I’ve added HQ scans of GQ India with Robert on cover. Enjoy them in our gallery.
Magazine Scans > Scans from 2013 > GQ India – July 07, 2013
Voting at Teen Choice Awards has started and Robert has been nominated in many categories. So go ahead and vote for our man. We want him to win!!!
Robert Downey Jr has come in at number two on the Forbes’ ‘Most Powerful Actors’ list. The list, compiled based on the star’s earnings in the past 12 months, was revealed just a week after “Iron Man” made a deal to star in HTC’s (a Taiwanese manufacturer of smartphones and tablets) adverts.
The Irish American star came in second to Hugh Jackman who banked big money in the past 12 months due to his role as Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables”. Downey Jr made the cut for his role as Tony Stark in “Iron Man 3” and “The Avengers”. Also in the top ten were Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane and Ben Affleck.
Having signed on for further movies as Tony Stark, including two Avengers flicks and a possible “Iron Man 4” Downey Jr is set to continue his reign as the uber cool and influential comic book movie star.
Now he’s signed on to HTC to appear in their adverts. Bloomberg reports that Downey Jr will appear on billboard ads, print and of course, television. Earlier this year HTC recorded a record low profit and they believe that having the charming Downey Jr on board could earn them a profit of $12 million during his two year contract.