Theroux pens new 'Iron' age


Tony Stark is working on a new suit. Justin Theroux is in final negotiations with Marvel Studios to write "Iron Man 2," the sequel to this summer's breakout blockbuster.

"Iron Man," Marvel's first release, has banked $566 million worldwide since opening May 2. It was written by Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway and directed by Jon Favreau, who is in final negotiations to direct the sequel.

Paramount distributed the first film and will kick off the summer season two years hence with the sequel on April 30, 2010.

Theroux, repped by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment, has story and screenplay credit, along with Ben Stiller, on next month's DreamWorks action-comedy "Tropic Thunder." He also is a producer on the movie.

Known primarily as an actor — he's played everything from Jesus H. Christ ("The Ten"), John Hancock (HBO's "John Adams") and Evil DJ ("Zoolander") to the hapless director Adam Kesher in David Lynch's "Mulholland Dr." — Theroux is on a career-changing tear. Last year he directed his first film, "Dedication," which the Weinstein Co. released. (partialdiff)