You may recall a couple of months ago or so that I did a Top 5 possible replacement lists for Jon Favreau to direct the third installment of the Iron Man franchise. I didn’t see this one coming.

The name in the running at the moment is one Shane Black. Black is bet known for having written the Lethal Weapon franchise and for his movie Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang. That is the only movie to date that he has directed. But that doesn’t mean he’s a bad choice. Not in the slightest. His writing style would more than fit for the Iron Man franchise (as he would also be taking on writing duties). And it gives him the chance to establish himself as a talented director and really get his name out there. Plus, Robert Downey Jnr. was the lead of Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang so the working relationship is already in place.

This is still very early stages of negotiations but I will keep you posted on all the developments. Iron Man 3 is due for release on May 3rd 2013.