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Jon Favreau enters “Magic Kingdom;” What does this mean for “Iron Man 3?”

By Sean O’Connell Now that his “Cowboys & Aliens” shoot has drawn to a close (he Tweeted the other day that the film’s first teaser trailer is locked and loaded), director Jon Favreau is looking ahead to his next picture. And to my surprise, it doesn’t have the words “Iron” or “Man” in it.

Favreau, instead, will helm the family feature “Magic Kingdom” for Disney. It reportedly takes place in a fictional version of Disneyland, and resembles – in theory – Fox’s grand “Night at the Museum,” according to Variety.

But there’s no script yet, allegedly. Just a first-pass treatment from screenwriter Ronald Moore that Favreau likely will polish with his team.

Favreau knows how to do family adventure. I’m already hoping his take on “Magic Kingdom” sticks close to the zippy, cool tone of “Zathura,” which Favreau filmed before stepping into Iron Man’s massive boots.

Speaking of, I wonder what this announcement means for “Iron Man 3,” which already has been announced for a 2013 release date. Is Favreau passing the torch to another director? Is he going to edit and mix “Aliens,” then film and release “Magic Kingdom,” before diving into the “Iron Man” universe again? That seems like a short amount of time for a project that tends to drain one’s personal resources. I hope Favreau plans to return for a third “Iron Man.” I appreciate his vision of the character, and I’d love to see him bring a trilogy to its close. We’ll see what happens.

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