Jul 17, 2008

Justin Theroux to write Iron Man II

Justin Theroux in Mulholland Drive. The actor will pen the new Iron Man film

Actor-turned-writer Justin Theroux will write the sequel to the biggest film of the year so far, Iron Man, Marvel studio has announced. Theroux, who has penned the forthcoming Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr comedy Tropic Thunder, is best known for roles in the David Lynch films Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire (and ... ahem ... Charlie's Angels II: Full Throttle.) Variety also reports that Downey Jr and director Jon Favreau are close to signing on the dotted line for the new film, which follows the original movie's $300m haul in the US alone.

Juno scribe Diablo Cody will pen an untitled comedy script for Steven Spielberg's Dreamworks company which is based on an original idea by the film-maker himself, according to Variety. Spielberg has already brought the Oscar winner on board for the TV series The United States of Tara, for which Cody wrote the first episode, as well as taking an executive producer role. Dreamworks is keeping tight-lipped over the new project, which doesn't yet have a director, cast, or even a name.

Chinese authorities have given the go ahead for the Far East-set The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor to be released in the country. Censors have asked for only minor changes to be made to the film, which has been made as a co-production with the state-owned China Film co-production corp. That involved extensive collaboration from script stage onwards, but means the film bypasses the country's quota of 20 foreign films allowed to open in China each year. [The Guardian]

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