Gwenyth Paltrow says there won’t be an ‘Iron Man 4’
Next week’s “Iron Man 3” may be the last chance you get to see Robert Downey Jr. don the Marvel superhero’s iconic armor. At least, according to “Iron Man” co-star Gwyneth Paltrow. During a press junket for the film, Paltrow made what was reported to be an almost-offhand comment about the future of the lucrative franchise. When asked about returning as Pepper Potts in a potential fourth film, the Oscar-winner said, “I don’t think there’s going to be [an “Iron Man 4″]. I think we’re done with ‘Iron Man,” according to Bleeding Cool. However, nothing is official yet, and if “Iron Man 3” makes “Avengers”-sized money at the box office, things could change pretty quick. Still, the new film could be the end of the character’s solo adventures on the big screen for the time being…until the inevitable reboot of the franchise. Meanwhile, “The Avengers 2” is already in the writing stage, and Downey’s contract with Marvel ends with “Iron Man 3.” Will the actor suit up again for the sequel? Will writer-director Joss Whedon and Marvel possibly leave Tony Stark out of the proceedings, and focus instead on the myriad other heroes in the Marvel universe (like Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch)? Or will another actor attempt to fill RDJ’s heavy boots as Iron Man? “Iron Man 3” opens May 3.
Emma Stone may star in Woody Allen’s next film.
Woody Allen is famous for putting together all-star casts featuring beautiful young women, and he may have found the leading lady for his next untitled film. “Amazing Spider-Man” star Emma Stone is in talks to join the film, and a deal is expected to be closed soon, according to Deadline. Nothing else has been revealed about the film yet, including the title, the plot or the rest of the potential cast. Instead, just imagine Stone in any of the prolific writer-director’s last five or six films. The film will continue the recent trend of Allen films set in Europe. It will shoot in France, as was his recent hit “Midnight In Paris.” Allen’s next film, “Blue Jasmine,” stars Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Louis C.K. and will hit theaters this summer. Stone will soon be seen in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” Cameron Crowe’s upcoming untitled film, and — of course — “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
Sylvester Stallone Wants Patrick Hughes To Direct ‘The Expendables 3’
It looks like Sylvester Stallone has found a new macho man director to call the shots on the next installment of “The Expendables” franchise. Stallone and Millennium Entertainment have selected Australian commercials director Patrick Hughes (“Red Hill”) to helm the threequel, according to Deadline. Production on the film will begin in August. The cast will included returning stars Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham and Jet Li, plus newcomers Wesley Snipes and Jackie Chan. “The Expendables 2,” which was directed by Simon West, grossed $300 million worldwide. Stallone himself directed the first film in the series.
Guillermo del Toro develops manga ‘Monster’ for HBO
Entertainment’s Busiest Man Guillermo del Toro has set up a potential new project at HBO. According to Deadline.com, del Toro and “Dr. Who” veteran Steven Thompson are developing a series build around Naoki Urasawa’s manga epic “Monster.” The report says that Thompson will write the pilot, while del Toro will direct. The “Pacific Rim” helmer is also planning to direct the pilot for FX’s adaptation of his novel “The Strain,” which cast Corey Stoll in a lead role this week. The 18-volume manga was published between 1994 and 2001 and served as the basis for a 74-episode animated series. The basic plot involves a doctor trying to set things right after he saves the life of a kid who grows up to become a sociopath. Note that “Monster” doesn’t even have a pilot order yet on HBO, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, del Toro has plenty to keep him busy.