Today, (Wednesday May 23rd 2012) is the first day of principal photography on ‘Iron Man 3′ (production name ‘Caged Heat’) in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The plan was to have ‘Caged Heat’ take over the Wilmington stages entirely and security was prepping on a huge lockdown with new procedures in place to put crew members under the utmost scrutiny in and out of work each day. I can only assume this is what has come to pass because it’s been hard to come by info, BUT: I have another interesting ‘Iron Man 3′ tidbit.
Word on the e-street is that IM3 was budgeted for $140 million in production costs pre-Avengers. Then The Avengers did gangbusters and rather than count their crossover movies as separate, Marvel has decided The Avengers raised the bar for ALL Marvel movies. Namely, Shane Black and the IM3 crew aren’t being asked to deliver a better Iron Man movie but THE BEST Marvel movie hands down.
How could Disney and Marvel make this new doctrine more possible? I hear they’ve upped the budget from $140 to $200 million. And extra sixty million dollars can go a long way.