By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Paramount Pictures, LA Times
Though Hollywood continues to remain immune to the economic woes, that isn't stopping Marvel Studios from tightening their belts. Building a reputation of being J-O-Os when it comes to hiring talent, the studio looks to have canned Samuel L. Jackson and maybe even Nick Fury altogether in the Iron Man sequel or any Marvel property for that matter.
Jackson Confirms Nick Fury Troubles
While talking with the LA Times, Samuel L. Jackson has confirmed that his negotiations with Marvel Studios to put him in the role of Nick Fury have broken down. Eesh, maybe the studio had second thoughts after seeing The Spirit.
Jackson told me today that despite his cameo as the hard-bitten military man at the end of "Iron Man," it now appears that "somebody else will be Nick Fury or maybe Nick Fury won't be in it" when it comes to "Iron Man 2," "The First Avenger: Captain America" and "The Avengers," the announced slate of Marvel Studios projects through 2011 that might have a natural spot for the character.
"I saw ['Iron Man' and 'Iron Man 2' director] Jon Favreau at the Scream Awards and we had a conversation. He said, 'I hope things are working out for you because we're writing stuff for you.' Then all of a sudden last week I talked to my agents and manager and things aren't really working that well."
Well, for what it's worth, Jackson looked good as Fury during his blip-cameo in Iron Man. Check out the entire report on the Nick Fury issue here.