An interesting bit of semi-news floating around today that’s exciting, even if it’s likely to never happen, is the possibility of Robert Downey Jr. making a horror film. “Making” as in writing, directing and starring in it. This all comes to light in a GQ cover story that’s been making the rounds today. While more mainstream sites have been citing the piece’s indications that Downey is looking to retire from his role as Iron Man, there’s another nugget of info that’s of far greater interest to you BD readers.
Downey spoke to GQ about writing before adding, “And I want to direct — I think I’d do a pretty good job.” This is where we think his mind is turning to horror, “Nobody has cornered Halloween as a market since Halloween. I will say only this: I am a Village Voice reporter on the run.”
Now, here’s where it gets tricky. I love Downey but he says a LOT of stuff all the time. He riffs constantly and is the master of non-sequiters and coded semi-secrecy. For all I know, he just told the GQ guy in “Downey-speak” he wanted to re-launch the space program. Still, if taken at face value, it would seem that there is some interest in the genre. Of course, even if he’s serious this isn’t even in development yet, so it may fall apart before it even has a chance to fall apart.
But still, it’s nice to hope, right?