Paramount and Marvel Studios Already Rebooting ‘Iron Man’

McG is on the shortlist of directors that are being wooed for this project.

Iron Man needs to be bigger...
Iron Man needs to be bigger...
IronWatch24/7 is reporting that even though the first Iron Man pulled in almost $600 million worldwide, and with Iron Man 2 set to bow May 7th (to probably higher box office receipts than the original), Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios are rebooting the franchise.

It seems the two studios want to go in a different direction with the property. It also appears that McG (Terminator Salvation) is being courted quite heavily to direct this project, and he wants WWE wrestling star/actor John Cena (The Marine) to play the title role.

"Iron Man is a bigger than life character. Robert Downey, Jr. is great if you want some artsy, fartsy, indie cred but this movie is going to be much bigger than that." McG said during a recent interview in his pre-production office for his upcoming Bradley Cooper/Reese Witherspoon vehicle This Means War.

While talk of doing the movie in 3D is surely going to be brought up, McG was noncommittal with reporters.

"To be honest I can't even think about that right now." He laughed. "However, wouldn't it be stupid cool if it was?"

When asked about John Cena taking on this role McG was quick to point out that he knows it's a risk but it's one he thinks will pay off. Big time.

"Look, I know that a lot of the web universe, the bloggers, and the people that hold Stan Lee's tomb to be sacred might be put off by this. John Cena is not a box office guarantee but look at the guy... he IS Iron Man."

The director then proceeded to give reporters the heavy metal sign, and then he "air guitared" Black Sabbath's "Iron Man," humming the well known riffs for about 5 minutes.

Questions then came up about Terminator Salvation. McG was quite candid in essentially admitting that he dropped the ball on the franchise.

"T-Salvation showed me who I am. I may not be James Cameron yet, but I think that Avatar proves that none of us are James Cameron! I'm pretty stoked on just being McG." He offered philosophically.

Just as reporters tried to digest how radically different McG's Iron Man is going to be from concurrent director Jon Favreau's version, McG had this to say about his vision for the film and the franchise.

"Iron Man needs to be bigger... I want this thing to feel like a wrestling match in space on steroids... but totally in the McG world, you know?"

And what did Stan Lee, the man who created Iron Man in the 1960s, have to say?

"I'm curious to see what they do with this... especially using all this new technology stuff."

Iron Man was released May 2nd, 2008 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leslie Bibb, Shaun Toub, Faran Tahir, Clark Gregg. The film is directed by Jon Favreau.

Sources: IronWatch24/7

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Comments (46)

  1. the Narrator

    Lol. Once again you miss the entire point of the article. Try reading the comments and the article before posting an uneducated comment. And btw, this isn't two years old.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  2. Monkeyiron

    F*ck u the fallen u fake ass deadpool i didn't know this was made 2 years ago

    5 years agoby @monkeyironFlag

  3. the Narrator

    Lol speaking of idiots...

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  4. TiJuRod

    I Cant Beleive This April Fool's Joke Got Me In June 19..lololololololol.. I Was Already Getting Pissed, Then I Read The Comments And Checked The Date This Was Posted, Oh Man.. You That Was A Good

    5 years agoby @tito-loves-jujuFlag

  5. Monkeyiron


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  6. David R Garcia Jr

    Was this a April Fools Joke? lol

    5 years agoby @david-r-garcia-jrFlag

  7. GK

    Last year's Zack Snyder rebooting Star Wars actually made me a bit interested. Terrible year, Movieweb.

    5 years agoby @indianajonesFlag

  8. Cripple

    I was worried there for a minute. Good thing it's april fools day.

    5 years agoby @crippleFlag

  9. thereisnoname

    you got me good you f*ckers, soon a mcg and cena showed up i remembered what day it was

    5 years agoby @thereisnonameFlag

  10. the Narrator

    haha. F*cking douches.

    MW guys need to lay off of the McG hate, and get off of Camerons dick. Lol.

    Loved the Stan Lee joke quote at the end thou.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  11. zeus

    Another load of bollocks ive heard today,movieweb,you guys have to stop this nonsense

    5 years agoby @zeusFlag

  12. Hit-Girl

    Not f*cking funny. At all.

    5 years agoby @hit-girlFlag

  13. UNoLazyboy

    Is anything you guys post on April Fools day legit? I think not!

    5 years agoby @unolazyboyFlag

  14. fanboy

    got me last year, but not this year

    5 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  15. grider238

    McG Really? that isnt funny as a joke, not at all. has he directed anything good ever??? i mean Charlies Angel full throttle was good, only becasue he had some nice eye candy in that film, i mean that was one of those movies you watch with the mute button on. i hope this cat isnt serious about doing this movie... if it aint broke dont fix it. this is really not funny.

    5 years agoby @grider238Flag

  16. slysnide

    Don't you love how this site has downplayed McG's "talents" in 2 joke stories. lolz. It seems the officials share the views of many mwebbers on this guy.

    5 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  17. Mmm_mmm




    BUT! NO!

    I am ever vigilant.

    5 years agoby @mmm-mmmFlag

  18. Yahzee

    OMG I almost forgot it was April's fool... but this story reminded me of that, because let's be honest no one would be that retarded as to reboot Iron Man in the heels of a new big money maker entry

    5 years agoby @yahzeeFlag

  19. Scarecrow

    this story assaults you in everyway possible

    5 years agoby @scarecrow924Flag

  20. -comrade-

    I would kill McG.

    5 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  21. Paolo Sardinas

    Okay this fake news is really starting to piss me off.

    5 years agoby @sardinasFlag

  22. Andy_sign


    5 years agoby @andy-signFlag

  23. David-Dvd-1988

    i'm not gonna believe any news story on movieweb all day cause its all made-up bullsh*t

    5 years agoby @david-dvd-1988Flag

  24. WongFu

    stop with the lame and stupid fake news

    5 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  25. Diaigma

    LOL! Remember last years April Fools post?
    Lucas was going to reboot the original Star Wars Trilogy?
    Good one, MW. :P

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  26. Jay1971

    Wtf? This must be April Fools right? I mean Downey is the reason the movie was so successful. He is dead on for Stark. At least the Batman story was somewhat believable.

    5 years agoby @jay1971Flag

  27. Papa_Panda

    O Movieweb! You crack me up! You almost had me there!

    5 years agoby @papa-pandaFlag

  28. ridgl

    April Fools.

    5 years agoby @ridglFlag

  29. XxxHolic

    This is not even a joke! It's offensive. Lol!

    5 years agoby @xxxholicFlag

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