Armor Wars was originally set to be released as a series, but Marvel Studios decided to rework the series into a film, according to ComicBook. Initially, the reasoning behind the change was vague, but the producer Nate Moore (Black Panther, Eternals) finally spilled the beans.
Moore divulged that the studio changed the War Machine Disney+ series into a film because of budgeting deficiencies during a recent appearance on The Town Podcast.
“Our Disney+ shows are awesome, and we love them, but the budgets are not the same as the features, that’s not secret,” Moore confessed. “And when you’re talking about a show that wants to be about seeing all the cool armors, and Don Cheadle interacting with all these armors, and the legacy of Tony Stark, that became cost-prohibitive to do as a show.”
War Machine was originally played by Terence Howard (Crash, Hustle & Flow) in 2008’s Iron Man, however, Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Crash) took over as the character for all of his progressive Marvel Cinematic Universe appearances. In Marvel comics, the Armor Wars narrative was spotlighted on the legacy of Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes, Tropic Thunder) in the film, whose marvelous accomplishments in the tech world had, conversely, led to a plethora of villains being able to develop and acquire weapons of mass destruction, according to Collider.
Moore, according to Screen Rant, also expressed, “We realized as a feature, not only can we get into some of the beautiful imagery that is from publishing, and there’s certainly an Armor Wars run, but also there’s ways then to leverage the ideas of that movie and affect other movies down the line.”
The Armor Wars creative team is expected to stay the same. In addition, Yassir Lester (Black Monday, Duncanville), who was acting as the series’ leading writer, will be writing the screenplay for the feature as well.
Further information regarding the prospective Armor Wars movie is being kept under wraps, but the War Machine film is anticipated to highlight the late Tony Stark’s highly-developed technology stumbling into the wrong hands.