“Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2″ director Jon Favreau confirmed via Twitter this week that he won’t return to helm “Iron Man 3.”
“It’s true, I’m directing Magic Kingdom, not Iron Man 3. I’ve had a great run with Marvel and wish them the best,” the actor-turned-filmmaker said on Twitter (@Jon_Favreau).
“Magic Kingdom” will follow a group of vacationers who get stuck inside Disneyland after close as the park comes to life.
Favreau told the L.A. Times’ Hero Complex blog that he left “Iron Man 3″ in favor of “Magic Kingdom” because he wanted to “find something that lights a fire” inside of him as a filmmaker and gives him a chance to “blow people away, which is easier to do with a project that isn’t loaded with built-in expectations.”
He also told the blog he wants to find a similar smart but family-friendly spirit of “Elf,” his 2003 holiday film with Will Ferrell, which has become a modern-day Christmas classic.
Favreau will be keeping some ties to Marvel Studios, as a producer on ”The Avengers,” the 2012 superhero supergroup film that will feature Iron Man.
Favreau isn’t the only director working on a Disney film tied into the Mouse House’s theme park rides: David Fincher (expected to be Oscar nominated for “The Social Network”), is set to direct “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” based on the classic Jules Verne book with close Disney ties based on the 1954 film and the submarine theme-park ride, according to Hero Complex.
And Guillermo Del Toro will direct a new “Haunted Mansion,” based on the favorite Disney ride.
“Iron Man 3″ is set for May 3, 2013 release, and it will be interesting to see who Marvel Studios and “Iron Man” star Robert Downey Jr. (who will undoubtedly be an integral part of the hunt) will choose to direct the sequel.