Following in the footsteps of Marvel alum Chris Evans, who made his first foray behind the lens for 2014’s Before We Go, Robert Downey Jr. is now set to make his directorial debut with Singularity.
Not to be confused with Seth Rogen’s upcoming half-hour comedy series of the same name, Singularity is a scripted TV series that the Iron Man star will produce alongside wife Susan Downey as part of their Team Downey Productions. It’s all part of the company’s first look deal with Sonar Entertainment, according to The Wrap, and the new show has already roped in Anthony Michael Hall to star.
Plot details are few and far between at this early stage, but we know that Hall’s casting marks something of a reunion for Robert Downey Jr., after the pair shared the screen in 1988’s Johnny Be Good. This, coupled with the backing of Team Downey, ought to lend the Marvel stalwart a comfortable platform on which to make his directorial debut. He’s currently signed on to helm the pilot episode of Singularity, but Downey Jr. could well take on more responsibilities as the TV series creeps closer to production – should he find room on that stacked schedule, of course.
Here’s the official statement from Sonar:
“We are excited about Team Downey’s vision for developing and producing a broad scope of original premium content,” said Sonar CEO Thomas Lesinski. “Sonar is thrilled to partner with Robert, Susan and the entire team — it is another example of our commitment to forge creative collaborations with the most dynamic talent in the industry.”
Exactly when Singularity will enter production will no doubt hinge on Robert Downey Jr.’s crammed slate. Following Civil War earlier in the year, the actor has lined up both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, which certainly explains why he’s chosen to make his directorial debut with a pilot episode as opposed to a feature-length movie.