Deadline is reporting that Shane Black is in “final negotiations” to direct Iron Man 3, though there’s no official word yet from Marvel Studios. Black is primarily known as the writer of action films including Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout, but there’s no indication yet if he’ll be working on a screenplay draft as well.
Black was first linked to the film last week in a post from The Hollywood Reporter, at that point described as one of many candidates being considered. Black previously worked with Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. in the well-receiced 2005′s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang film, to date his only directorial credit. Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director and supporting cast member Jon Favreau confirmed that he would not be directing Iron Man 3 last December.
Keep reading for news of any official confirmation. Iron Man 3 has a targeted release date of May 3, 2013; a year after The Avengers, co-starring Downey Jr. as Iron Man and with Favreau serving as an executive producer.