‘Iron Man 2’ & Other Upcoming Blockbusters: Feeling The Economic Pinch?

FROM SPLASH PAGE: Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you know that the U.S. economy isn’t doing so hot right now. Since you’re here for the latest movie news, we’ll spare you our personal politics on the state of the dollar — but we will direct your attention to a just-published report explaining how the nation’s economic woes are affecting some of 2010’s most anticipated projects, including “Iron Man 2.”

According to Variety, major studios will be “proceeding cautiously” in the coming months in terms of greenlighting projects or continuing with currently in-production ones, partly because of a possible SAG strike, but mostly due to the economy. Specifically, the piece points to “Iron Man 2″ as an example, saying that potential “Iron Man 2″ villain Mickey Rourke was given a low-ball offer of $250,000, and that Samuel L. Jackson may have been offered a similar low quote, leading him to say he might not return to the franchise as Nick Fury just last week.

Read more about the effect of the economy on “Iron Man 2″ and other comic book movies at SplashPage.MTV.com.