‘Iron Man 3′ Director Could Be Shane Black

Shane Black was only recently confirmed to be directing a live-action “Death Note” adaptation, but it’s a gig he may soon have to put aside. The “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” director is reportedly in the running now for an even more high-profile comic book movie, a little sequel called “Iron Man 3.”

Black met with Marvel in recent days to discuss the possibility, according to an update from The Hollywood Reporter. The chat only covered him potentially directing, though the “Lethal Weapon” scribe has plenty of writing experience and it’s expected that the script will be his if he lands the directing gig.

Insiders noted (to THR) that Black’s meeting is one of several the studio will be having, and his involvement in the planned sequel isn’t even close to being confirmed.

There’s no word on who else might be in the running, but we can be certain that it isn’t Jon Favreau. The director of the first two “Iron Man” movies departed last December to continue his work on Disney’s “Magic Kingdom” and to pursue other opportunities.

The third “Iron Man” movie is currently set by Marvel owner Disney for a May 3, 2013 release, with star Robert Downey Jr. set to return as Iron Man alter-ego Tony Stark. The actor previously worked with Black on “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” the one and only film he has helmed thus far.

Black, who was one of the replacement “Iron Man 3″ directors we previously suggested, brings a wealth of experience with him, having written all four “Lethal Weapon” films as well as ’90s action standards “The Last Boy Scout” and “Last Action Hero.” (He also wrote the 1987 horror-comedy “The Monster Squad,” which means that Black is entirely responsible for introducing the phrase “Wolfman’s got nards!” into our culture.) In addition to “Death Note,” he is currently working on an adaptation of “Doc Savage for Sony.

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