Shane Black to helm `Iron Man 3`?

Updated: Feb 18, 2011, 15:56 PM IST

New York: In the wake of Jon Favreau`s decision to quit the popular ‘Iron Man’ franchise, Shane Black is reportedly in talks to direct the next superhero movie.

According to a website, Marvel Studios is in near deal to hire the 49-year-old writer-director to take over Favreau.

If Black, who is best known as one of the biggest action screenplay writers of the `80s, gets the gig, he would reteam with Robert Downey Jr., who is returning as the titular superhero.

Downey Jr. acted in Black`s 2005 directorial debut, ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ and is believed to have recommended him to replace Favreau.

It`s still unclear whether the ‘Lethal Weapon’ scribe would also write a draft of the script for the movie.