THE MAN OF STEEL
Variety’s weblog claims that the chances of director Bryan Singer returning to the DC property is “highly unlikely.”
THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO
You didn’t slip into the Wayback Machine by accident — IGN dug into the website ProductionCharts.com to find this surprise, claiming that a movie version of the ’80s television show could have found a director in Stephen Herek.
If you head over to the Kids’ WB site you can see a video clip from the new animated series.
Despite earlier news that the mecha-driven sequel would be delayed, director Michael Bay made a posting on his official website with promises for the film. “Transformers 2 will be coming soon,” Bay wrote. “The new robots are really really unique and there are a lot of them this time.”
X-MEN ORIGINS: JUGGERNAUT
Debunked! Director Joe Carnahan has clarified things on his website noting that he would not be directing another “X-Men” spin off, but instead would be writing a new comic book for Marvel, switching over to the Taskmaster. So there you have it.
This just in: Alan Moore doesn’t want anything to do with the film adaptation of his work. However, this time it’s the subject of quotes from him at Wizard, where the creator said, “I spoke to [co-creator Dave Gibbons] the other day. I got a piece of paperÑthey mustÕve learned something from the ‘V for Vendetta’ debacle. I got a piece of paper a couple of months ago saying, ‘I, the undersigned, hereby give you permission to take my name off of the film and to send my money to Dave Gibbons.’ So I sent that back to them all signed and sealed, which means that now I donÕt have to rant and spew about the film,” Moore told Wizard. “IÕm just simply not interested in it. Dave phoned me up, and itÕs always nice to talk to Dave, but he understands that IÕm not really interested in ‘Watchmen.’ So when he phoned, he asked me if I was interested in being kept up to date on it, and I was saying, ‘Well, itÕs always nice to talk to you, but not really.’ I donÕt really know much about it. I believe that itÕs going ahead. I wonÕt be watching it, obviously. I can at least remain neutral to it as long as theyÕre taking my name off of it and not playing these silly, ultimately futile games like they were doing last time, which worked out so well for them. No, IÕm keeping well away from all of that.”
WGA STRIKE WATCH: DAY SIXTY
Did you miss the return of the late night hosts last night? No problem — Deadline Hollywood Daily’s Nikki Finke has a complete summary of what went down, or you could watch Leno’s monologue, Letterman’s monologue (he also had a surprise guest), read Craig Ferguson’s monologue or Letterman’s Top 10 with striking writers.
Host Conan O’Brien was among ones who had their shows picketed and there’s an argument that Leno broke the rules by writing his own monologue. Letterman’s writers are using their earnings to support their striking colleagues.
There’s also a sign of some cracks in the solidarity of the union with a separate faction of “A-list” movie scribes forming a coalition to negotiate on the side.
Oh, and Golden Globes? The WGA says “no” to a waiver.
SANDY, CAN WE ROLL THAT CLIP? WE CAN’T?
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