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CBMB: Iron Man Director Jon Favreau Addresses Edgar Wright’s Departure

By Muuka Muyumba

In a diverse conversation with the ShortList.com, producer/director/writer/actor Jon Favreau spoke at length about his new movie Chef, which, in many ways, was his response to his relationship with the major movie studios  that saw him direct a 2nd Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens.

In Chef, Favreau’s character rebels against his life as a head chef at a popular restaurant after he gets a bad review and clashes with his boss who insists that he stick to the menu. Eventually, he starts to examine his career and his life when he quits, buys a food truck, and reconnects with his estranged son.

Favreau’s message isn’t subtle: he was once an aspiring actor who wrote an Indie movie classic, directed his way from small movies to Iron Man, was forced to make Iron Man 2 fit into Marvel’s cinematic universe, then made the indifferent Cowboys & Aliens, and lost the passion to make movies, before moving back to the indie world in Chef.

ShortList asked Favreau about his thoughts on another director who recently butted heads with Marvel. Now, Favreau does not openly rail against Marvel, in general, but voiced support for his friend Edgar Wright after Wright chose to leave his Ant Man project at the last minute.

SL: As someone who’s involved with Marvel, what’s your take on Edgar Wright leaving Ant-Man?

JF: Edgar’s a dear friend of mine – I was so looking forward to his version of Ant-Man. All Edgar’s films have been studio films, it’s not like he’s never made one before. I think he’s been used to a situation where he can have tremendous creative say around his story and casting, and Marvel has built an entire franchise around their style of telling stories. I know both parties well, and I respect his decision to see that he wasn’t going to be fulfilled in the process. That’s all I can really say.

Lest we forget, Favreau is not only a former Marvel director, he is also an executive producer on all Iron Man movies, including The Avengers.  Therefore, Favreau is not taking sides here.

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The funny thing about this story is that Chef is doing something really special right now. It has been a Saturday night date movie for the last 2 months and has made $17 million in nearly 60 days on limited screens. This comes in an age when movies explode for one weekend, and then can lost up to 70% of their audience in the next weekend. Chef has not done that.

2014

Date
(click to view chart)
Rank Weekend
Gross
%
Change
Theaters Change / Avg. Gross-to-Date Week
#
May 9–11 28 $204,961 6 $34,160 $204,961 1
May 16–18 15 $708,690 +246% 72 +66 $9,843 $991,564 2
May 23–25 9 $2,266,586 +220% 498 +426 $4,551 $3,554,887 3
May 23–26 9 $2,975,784 +320% 498 +426 $5,975 $4,264,085 3
May 30–Jun 1 9 $1,911,548 -15.7% 624 +126 $3,063 $6,826,432 4
Jun 6–8 9 $2,621,829 +37.2% 1,298 +674 $2,020 $10,383,526 5
Jun 13–15 10 $2,187,526 -16.6% 1,102 -196 $1,985 $13,987,981 6
Jun 20–22 10 $1,708,590 -21.9% 961 -141 $1,778 $16,805,782 7

Chef has maintained a position between 9 and 10 at the box office for over 8 weeks among very vigorous summer competition. People love the film, word of mouth has spread and there is positive critical acclaim. Favreau has re-established his indie cred with this film which features a very non-indie cast. Favreau has created an indie blockbuster with staying power.

Favreau appears to be tacking back to making his own work, but he will continue to remain at the top of lists to helm various franchises because of his work on Iron Man.

Favreau has thrown himself right back into the fire with his next film which will be a Jungle Book live-action adaptation of the cartoon from Disney. The Jungle Book is set for release on October 9, 2015.