Once you've handled a character like Tony Stark, a man who makes the most of all of his advanced technology, it's time to take a step back and rest. Or so you might think. As Jon Favreau finishes up the final details of Iron Man, he's already prepping his next feature. Talking with MTV, he says that the next film will be an animated flick called Neanderthals. It will employ some of motion-capture's techniques, but we'll be saved from the eerie, almost-lifelike, but not quite, visuals of films like Polar Express and Beowulf.

"We've been discussing this for almost four years now, and it's finally coming to fruition. It's written and ready to go." Favreau is hoping to get the motion capture done before the potential actors strike, which is planning to descend on the already-ravaged industry this June. If they can pull that off, the plan is to work on the animation over the next few years, while maybe dipping into the other projects he is interested in, like the Avengers movie. As for the style of the animation: "This will be comedic and stylized. The animation will appear more like a traditional animated film. The mo-cap will be used simply as a basis for animation and to allow the performers to all be in one space together. Hopefully, it will inherit some of their spontaneity."

All that's left is to cast this puppy, although I imagine most of the roles won't be too much of a surprise. I'm sure Vince Vaughn will be in there, at the very least. But how about a return to comedic form for Brendan Fraser? He's already rocked the Encino Man side of things.
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