After being on pause for a month and a half, Marvel’s Iron Man 3 is back shooting — with no apparent interruption to its planned release next May.
Principal photography was halted August 16th when Robert Downey Jr. hurt himself while performing a minor stunt. Downey’s rep says the injury was to his ankle, and after taking off several weeks to recuperate, he’s now back on his feet.
Filming has resumed in Miami, where a replica of the Malibu, Calif., seafood restaurant Neptune’s Net was recreated for a sequence in the movie, which has been revealed in some snapshots from onlookers. The actual restaurant is a popular seaside hangout for surfers and bikers, which accounts for all the choppers in this photo of Iron Man and the character believed to be Don Cheadle’s Rhodey, a.k.a. War Machine, sporting red, white, and blue armor similar to the comic book character Iron Patriot.
According to ComingSoon.net, Marvel Studio has released an official statement confirming that Robert Downey Jr has sustained an on-set injury, temporarily halting Iron Man 3‘s production.
Robert Downey Jr. sustained an ankle injury on the set of Iron Man 3 in Wilmington, North Carolina while performing a stunt. There will be a short delay in the production schedule while he recuperates.
Hopefully by “short delay,” Marvel is implying that the ankle injury isn’t too serious. In any case, RDJ Fan sends Robert good vibes and hopes for a speedy, safe, and happy recovery.
CraveOnline recently spoke to Marc Guggenheim, the screenwriter behind the upcoming film, Perry Mason. Although Mason is a famous sleuth, Guggenheim has promised that the film adaptation of the popular book and television series will not be another Sherlock Holmes. He also discusses Robert’s involvement as actor, producer, and writer on the film. Here’s what he had to say:
“The thing we’re always talking about is it has to be true to the nature of the character. We’re not going to force in action that doesn’t belong in the movie. It’s a different kind of movie than Sherlock Holmes. We’re taking a much more character-based approach. It’s a courtroom drama so it’s a different animal. The courtroom stuff is part of what makes Perry Mason Perry Mason, but there’s also a lot of the movie that takes place outside the courtroom.”
“Here’s the thing, [Robert Downey Jr’s] a producer on the movie as well as a star in it, so his involvement with the script is a lot more intense. Typically he’ll get a script and then improv through. Now the improv is built into the recipe because he’s giving notes on the script and we’re talking out story and what not. So I think it’s pretty important, especially since we’re also recreating this character, this well-established character and Robert’s got very specific ideas as to how he wants to play him and who he wants that guy to be. I also think that while Robert is known for improving a lot, there’s still a lot of work the writers on the scripts that he’s worked on have done.”
“Iron Man 3″ is set to take over the roaring Hall H at on Saturday evening (July 14), but ahead of that, filmmaker Shane Black, executive producer Kevin Feige and leading men Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle assembled together for a more intimate question-and-answer session with members of the press all about their upcoming super-flick.
Kicking things off, the panelists were asked if there was pressure to try and make a bigger film in size and scope than “Marvel’s The Avengers.” Both Feige and Black said they weren’t “aiming for bigger,” but something “different, fresh and new.”
“There’s an idea about being big, but it’s an idea about capturing and redoubling the intensity of ‘Avengers,’ that lightning in a bottle feel of stuffing so much into a limited space,” said Black. “Robert refers to it as leaving it all on the field. That’s what we’re aiming to do.” The director added that Marvel is allowing him to “take some risks” with “Iron Man 3,” which is “pretty admirable in a superhero movie, to take some risks.”
Stories like this just remind me of why I’m such a big fan in the first place! Earlier today, July 14th, Robert Downey, Jr. – The King of Comic-Con – surprised a bunch of young fans at the annual convention. The kids were there to partake in an Iron Man-themed costume contest, only to have Robert show up. Check out a detailed account of the occurrence by ComicBook.com:
Everyone knew that Robert Downey Jr. was likely to show up in San Diego today for the Marvel Studios Panel at Comic-Con. However, what came as a big surprise is that Robert Downey Jr. showed up early as a surprise guest at the Iron Man 3 Kids’ Costume Event.
The Iron Man 3 Kids’ Costume Event was a Marvel sponsored event at Comic-Con for children ages 2-14 to dress up like Iron Man. Participating kids were promised a poster autographed by Robert Downey, Jr.
What they wound up getting was also a chance to meet Robert Downey Jr. himself. The kids were all lined up on stage and asked to yell out “Iron Man,” when suddenly a familiar voice said, “Did I hear my name?” The kids and crowd then went wild as Robert Downey Jr. strolled out. And nice guy that he is, Robert Downey Jr. stuck around for awhile, leading the kids in an Iron Man cheer and talking personally with many of them.
Marvel has released new concept art for Iron Man 3, illustrated by Ryan Meinerding. Depicting Tony Stark half-dressed in his armor, it appears he’s in a bit of a jam while faced with machine-gun wielding soldiers. If you’re lucky enough to be attending Comic-Con this year, be sure to stop by the Marvel booth: they’ll be handing out prints of this artwork.
Additionally, for fans in North Carolina, some filming information for IM3 has been released via Facebook. They’ll be filming on location in Wilmington, NC on July 9th, if you’re interested in stopping by to check out some movie magic in person. (If you take some pictures and want to donate them to the site, I’ll publish them with full credit back to you.) Check out details below:
Iron Man 3 will be filming on location July 9th in Wilmington, N.C.
For the past couple of weeks Robert Downey, Jr. and the crew of Iron Man 3 have been keeping a low profile and mostly filming in studio, but that will change next week when they are scheduled to spend another day filming on location in Wilmington, N.C.
“Caged,” aka Iron Man 3, is expected to film scenes at 1223 N. 23rd Street in Wilmington on July 9, 2012 from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.