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Sunday 22 September 2019

Irish author Eoin Colfer seals deal with Marvel to pen next novel in Iron Man series

Robert Downey Junior as Iron Man in the movie adaptation
Robert Downey Junior as Iron Man in the movie adaptation
Author Eoin Colfer

Sam Griffin

ONE of the world’s favourite comic book heroes is set to get a uniquely Irish makeover after author Eoin Colfer sealed a deal with Marvel to pen the next novel in the Iron Man series.

The adventure should see the billionaire super hero visit these shores after the Wexford writer said he was hoping to take the character to places he “has never been before”.

Publishers Marvel announced that Colfer, writer of the Artemis Fowl series of children’s books, has been handed responsibility for the latest instalment and said the new tale will be released in the autumn of2016.

Iron Man is one of Marvel’s best-known comic book heroes with the character becoming even more popular since the release of three Hollywood blockbuster films starring Robert Downey Junior in recent years.

Colfer said he was very excited about penning Tony Stark’s latest adventure.

“Some of you may have heard that I am doing an Iron Man book for marvel which I’m very excited about. I’m hoping to take Tony Stark to some places he has never been before. Very possibly he will be visiting Ireland and will get himself into some severe trouble,” he said.

The former school teacher, who is this year’s Irish Laureate of Children’s Books, spoke about the development in an online questions and answers session hosted on the social network app Boast.

He also updated fans on the long-promised Artemis Fowl movie which is to be directed by Academy Award nominee Kenneth Brannagh and adapted for the silver screen by playwright Conor McPherson. He said work would begin on the film next year.

One young reader asked the Wexford writer if he is considering writing another instalment in the hit series to which Colfer said he has thought about what the future holds for Artemis Fowl.

“I had thought about writing about a grown up Artemis. I had an idea actually where he would run a vast corporation, kind of like a Steve Jobs type figure, where he has gone straight but then he’s dragged in for one last job,” he said.

“So maybe but not for a long time. I think I would need ten years of a break at least before I go back to it.”

The final book in the series, The Last Guardian, was released in 2012 but left a number of unanswered questions for readers. The former primary school teacher said he would consider writing one or more short stories “to clear up some of the loose ends”.

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