February 2, 2011: Superman Movie Producer/Initiator Ilya Salkind Missing in Mexico

Ilya Salkind Ilya Salkind, co-Producer of "Superman: The Movie", "Superman II", "Superman III", "Supergirl", "Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut", and "Superboy: The TV Series", has been reported as being missing in Mexico City, according to website TMZ. Salkind, 63, came up with the idea in 1974 to produce a series of live-action films starring the Man of Steel. Salkind grew up in Mexico and owned property there. According to TMZ:

    The 63-year-old -- who was born in Mexico City -- had traveled south of the border to handle a property he inherited from his mother who passed away a few years ago.

    Friends of Salkind tell us ... members of Ilya's staff last saw the legendary producer at his estate in Mexico on Sunday as he was on his way to "handle some errands and get some dental work done."

    However, Salkind has not returned -- and yesterday, his friends filed a missing persons report with Mexican authorities.

Through mutual friends the Superman Homepage attempted to contact Salkind last Sunday to get his reaction to the casting of Henry Cavill as Clark Kent and Superman in the 2012 movie. Friends were unable to reach him for comment at that time as he was on vacation in Mexico.

The Superman Homepage interviewed Salkind in 2005. Read the interview here.

UPDATE: Runway Magazine tonight issued a press release and online missing persons report regarding Ilya Salkind. Salkind was last seen about an hour south of Mexico City, Mexico on Sunday night, January 31st. The missing persons report includes photographs, a current description, and information on how to reach those searching for Salkind with information about his current whereabouts. Read the missing persons report here.

Salkind's Convention Manager Kenny Richardson spoke tonight exclusively with the Superman Homepage, and said "It makes me feel a lot better knowing how Ilya's fans are coming together to help to find him; it says a lot about Ilya."

UPDATE 2: Tonight the Superman Homepage received exclusive information from Salkind's cousin Hector Soto Peralta. According to Mr. Peralta, "[Ilya] was last seen in Tepoztlan, Morelos, on Sunday evening after having dinner with a French friend of his (and his mother's [Berta]), Françoise Neff, who was said drove him back home and dropped him in the corner of his street. Apparently "someone" still saw him on Monday. If I have more information, I'll let you know."

Stay tuned to this news item on the Superman Homepage for continuing updates as they come in.



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