Prior to the launch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008 with the release of Iron Manthe character’s film rights were denied by New Line Cinema, which had acquired the rights from Fox in 2000.
According to a Hollywood journalist source, New Line chose not to pursue the Tony Stark story because Bob Shaye, who ran the studio at the time, argued “it didn’t make sense because Iron Man was too heavy to fly. “. Although the project is already in the early stages of development, New Line let the rights expire. Marvel bought them back in 2005, and today the MCU has taken in $27.4 billion at the box office.
David Hayter, a screenwriter whom New Line hired to develop Iron Man in the mid-2000s, shed light on the abandoned project during a 2018 interview with the Hollywood journalist.
“It was very unusual, and it felt like they were developing the script for a lot less than it would typically cost them to develop a script,” explained Hayter, who wrote the first two. x-men films in 2000 and 2003, as well as watchmen in ’09. “But they paid us and they hired me at the end to write the script, so it was great. It was very cool.
“It was largely the corporate reshuffle that prevented the New Line version from being created, but I think New Line recognized the value of this character as well as anyone,” said the writer (and prolific Solid metal gear voice actor) said. “x-men helped open the door to heroes who were neither Superman nor Batman. And Iron Man seemed like the next logical step. It’s so fun and action packed. It fits right in where CG effects were at the time. And that made a lot of sense.