The man who gave the world Murtagh and Riggs is taking over theIron Man franchise. Deadline is reporting that Shane Black, the writer of Lethal Weapon and writer/director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, is in final negotiations to direct Iron Man 3.
Black's name surfaced recently as a contender to both write and direct the next Iron Man film, but it was stressed that he was not the only candidate for the job. While it looks like he's now locked in to direct, it's not clear if he is also writing the film yet, with a source telling Deadline, "That's not figured out." However, given that Black's background is first and foremost as a writer (with credits including Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout and The Long Kiss Goodnight), it would be surprising if he was not also writing Iron Man 3. This will be Black's second film as a director, following Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - which starred Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr.
As Deadline notes, the news that Black was even a possibility to take over the Iron Man franchise from Jon Favreau (who is moving on to Disney's Magic Kingdom, after Cowboys & Aliens) got extremely strong response from fans – which couldn't have hurt his chances of getting the job.
It had also been reported that Downey had approval when it came to hiring the director for Iron Man 3. It seems he was as eager to work with his Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director again as fans of that beloved cult film were to see them collaborate once more.
Before returning to an Iron Man solo film, Downey of course will first reprise his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in The Avengers. Iron Man 3 will open May 3rd, 2013.