WILMINGTON, NC (INDYWEEK.COM) — Yes, there’s a really good chance Wilmington locals will see Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson and other A-listers who will return to film the third chapter in Marvel’s chief superhero franchise, which will be directed by Shane Black (who directed Downey in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang).
Needless to say, local fanboys, like Raleigh film blogger and comics aficionado Isaac Weeks, are curious to find out what the movie will be about.
“There’s always the rumor/hope that they might do the adaptation of the ‘Demon in a Bottle’ storyline,” Weeks said, referring to the Iron Man comic’s famed subplot from the ’70s where Tony Stark became a raging alcoholic.
“He drank a little bit in [Iron Man 2]. That’s as close as they’re gonna get to it in a movie, you know. They’re not gonna base a $100 million-budgeted, Hollywood film on a superhero being a drunk.”
Wilmington-based camera operator Bo Webb feels this will bring more big-budget business to the state.
“I think it’s going to be great,” says Webb, whose credits include The Notebook, Eastbound and Down and One Tree Hill. “Right now, a lot of the shows like that end up in New Mexico, because of their soundstages there and because of their film incentive. So, I think it’ll help us be more competitive.”
But will the production of an expensive blockbuster (Iron Man 2 reportedly cost $170 million to produce) in the Tar Heel state influence the local economy? In the press release for this announcement, the big line was that Iron Man 3 will create jobs and brings millions to the state, creating an estimated economic impact of more than $80 million over a 10-month period.
Syrett says preproduction hiring won’t start until January, with principal shooting to occur in late spring. (The movie is slated for a May 2013 release.) Webb definitely believes that jobs and money will start rolling in when the film gets under way.
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