BrettRatner has departed the "Superman" movie and moved on to do another"Rush Hour 3" sequel according to today's Variety.
After six months of development on the high-profile comic book movie, thedirector has bailed due to frustrations over a casting process that seemed to bedragging on interminably. The trade reports that Ratner may have been furtheraggravated by the fact that he wanted to sign newcomer Matthew Bomer for thepart, but Warner Bros. nixed that plan.
Although Ratner's contract for the project expired on Saturday, the directorinsisted he was still on board, right up until late Wednesday afternoon. At thattime he issued the following statement.
"I have chosen to withdraw as director of 'Superman.' The difficulty ofcasting the role of Superman has contributed to my decision. I appreciate theefforts of Warner Bros. and the entire production team during thisprocess."
Warners production president Jeff Robinov also issued a statement in responsesaying, "We have tremendous regard for Brett's creativity and passion forthis project and we understand that this was a very tough choice for him. We aredisappointed but wish him the best in his future pursuits."
Ratner will instead transition over to doing another "Rush Hour"sequel for New Line. Warner Bros., in the mean time, has no director or leadingman on a project that was slated to start production in August. Although rumorshave swirled for months that director Michael Bay was being courted to replaceRatner, both Bay and Ratner hotly denied such talk back in January.
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
Josh Olson will pen the script for New Line Cinema's big screen version ofthe DC/Paradox Press graphic novel "A History of Violence,"according to TheHollywood Reporter.
The graphic novel was written by John Wagner with art by Vince Locke.According to the write-up, the story follows "an ordinary family's lifeafter the father receives unwanted national attention for a seemingly vigilanteself-defense killing at his diner."
Olson most recently wrote and directed the creature feature"Infected."
New Line announced the project last September with Benderspink principals JCSpink and Chris Bender producing.
There's no denying it. The Sony publicity machine went all out to make"Spider-Man" the most successful comic book movie of all time. Now Varietyreports that the campaign for that movie is the winner of Maxwell Weinbergshowmanship award, bestowed on Hollywood publicists.
The Spidey spin-doctors beat out campaigns for "Die Another Day,""8 Mile," "Ice Age" and "Signs."
WHERE ARE THE HEROES NOW?
Fans of comic book TV shows may enjoy an upcoming segment of VH1's"Where Are They Now" series.
The episode, "Where Are They Now?: TV Heroes & Villains" willtrace the paths of actors who have played small screen heroes. Fans will hearfrom the following guests:
- Lou Ferrigno ("The Incredible Hulk")
- Burt Ward (Robin from the "Batman" TV show)
- Nicholas Hammond (TV's live-action "Spider-Man")
- Eartha Kitt (Catwoman from "Batman")
- Frank Gorshin (The Riddler from "Batman")
- Lee Meriwether (Catwoman from "Batman")
- Judy Strangis (Dyna Girl from "Electra Woman and Dyna Girl")
- Joanna Cameron (TV's "Isis")
- Michael Gray (Billy Batson from TV's "Shazam")
- Jackson Bostwick (Captain Marvel from TV's "Shazam")
- Dick Durock ("The Swamp Thing").
"WhereAre They Now?: TV Heroes & Villains" premieres on Monday, March 24at 10 p.m.