No matter how much more grandiose and epic all the Marvel films have gotten over the past eight years, it can’t be forgotten that one of the initial driving forces behind their Cinematic Universe was Jon Favreau, who directed the first Iron Man film. Not only did he helm that crucial first film, but he was also one of the main reasons actor Robert Downey Jr. was able to take on the role of Tony Stark in the first place. Because of RDJ’s drug and alcohol problems in the past, the actor was initially considered to be a huge risk for the studio. In an interview with 100.3 Jack FM, Favreau stated:
“Everybody knew he was talented… Certainly by studying the Iron Man role and developing that script I realized that the character seemed to line-up with Robert in all the good and bad ways. And the story of Iron Man was really the story of Robert’s career.”
Favreau stuck his neck out for Downey, and the rest is history. It was such a shame, then, when Iron Man 2 ended up being the dud of a film. By this point in their cinematic universe, they really had to start laying the foundation, but the movie was so concerned with laying said foundation, that they forgot one key thing: to make Iron Man 2 a good standalone film.
Favreau went on from Marvel and proceeded to make the movie Chef, which some believe to be an allegory for his career following the first Iron Man. However, since that seemingly bitter point, it appears everyone has made amends. Favreau returned to play Happy Hogan in Iron Man 3, and proceeded to direct the well-received The Jungle Book for Disney, and all appears well.
So what’s next for Favreau? Well, we know he’s on board to work on the sequel to The Jungle Book, but in a recent post from Robert Downey Jr., the actor hints at another potential project.
As you can see in the photo, we have the Russo Brothers, Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Jon Favreau, Downey, celebrity chef Roy Choi, and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige. Most of the group is involved in Marvel, and the one outlier here seems to be Choi. So what is this new project? Hard to say. Based on the picture, it’s a bit tempting to say it’d be a Marvel project, but given that Downey pitched it in the tweet as a project between Favreau and Choi seems to hint at the fact that it’ll likely be another food-based film.
This wouldn’t be a huge shocker. Jon Favreau is a well known foodie, and he worked a lot with Choi in Chef — mostly in the research phase, as was revealed a couple back, when Favreau told LA Eaters:
"I went with [Choi] in his car to every one of his restaurants – like a ride-along if you're doing a cop movie. He explained to me everything he was doing and seeing. He would try the meat; I would try the meat. He would taste a dish; I would taste a dish. At the end of day I couldn't move from eating all the food."
"Roy said 'I'll do it but you have to get the kitchen right. Movies always get it wrong. I'll do everything you need. I'll train you, do the menus, look over your scripts, help you in the editing room. Whatever you want. But you have to promise you'll get the details right.' I said that's all I ever want to do. That's the way I work. That's exactly what I had in mind as well."
All in all, it seems logical to assume that the project will be along the lines of Chef, and that everyone else in the photo just happens to be there.
What do you think Favreau’s new project is? Is it a movie at all? Let us know in the comments down below!