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Rumor has it Paramount has found a replacement director for the departing Jon Favreau, action-movie veteran Shane Black. This is not a huge shocker, since Black has been angling for this announcement ever since the amazing chemistry he bottled with Robert Downey Jr. on the set of his directorial debut, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.


The trades are all reporting that Paramount and Marvel have turned to Black in hopes of filling Favreau's director's chair. Black not only wrote Lethal Weapon and several other great action movies, he also played the dirty-talking Hawkins in the original Predator.

Should Black get hired as the director, he'll also write the movie's first draft, which means we could be spared more lines like "You look like two seals fighting over a grape." Fingers crossed the rumor pans out.

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