2002 Movie News Archives


February 15, 2002: Variety Confirms McG as Superman Movie Director

In an article titled "WB's Man of Steel Flexing His Muscles Again", Variety Magazine writers, Dana Harris and Claude Brodesser have confirmed that "Charlie's Angels" director McG has signed on to direct a new Superman movie. The report also indicates that "Felicity" and "Alias" creator J.J. Abrams has signed on to write the script for the movie.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

WB production chief Lorenzo di Bonaventura has long vowed to revive the "Superman" saga as part of the studio's push to capitalize on its DC Comics characters. Not only does "Superman" represent yet another potentially lucrative franchise, but the studio has already sunk millions into the project and has yet to see a dime in return.

Between 1996-98, Warners was dead set on getting the "Superman" franchise out of the phone booth and into the air, spending millions on scripts by Kevin Smith, Dan Gilroy and Bill Wisher.

But with the budget spiraling toward $140 million and a script that still wasn't quite right, di Bonaventura pulled the plug on pre-production for "Superman Lives" in April 1998.

While the move reflected fiscal prudence for a studio that had been walloped by ill-conceived films with bloated budgets, some damage had already been done. "Superman Lives" helmer Tim Burton and its star, Nicolas Cage, both had pay-or-play deals -- meaning they get paid even if the project goes ahead without them -- and neither is involved with the McG/Abrams incarnation of "Superman"; the new team plans to start from scratch conceptually.

Jon Peters, whose latest effort was Sony's very expensive "Ali," will produce the mega-budget picture.

"Superman" will likely be McG's next film after "Charlie's Angels 2: Halo," which will begin production this spring. That film is a summer tentpole for Columbia Pictures, which has scheduled a June 20, 2003 release.

E! Online have also published a similar article titled "Superman" Revived. Again. written by Josh Grossberg.

2002 Movie News

Listed below are all the Movie News items archived for 2002 organized into 4 categories:

“Superman” and “Batman vs Superman” Movie News:

  • January 6, 2002: New Superman Movie News!
  • February 12, 2002: Superman Movies on WB's 2003 Schedule
  • February 15, 2002: Variety Confirms McG as Superman Movie Director
  • February 25, 2002: Superman Movie Petition
  • March 13, 2002: Will an Angel Become the Next Superman?
  • March 24, 2002: J.J. Abrams Talks New Superman Movie
  • April 4, 2002: Entertainment Weekly on New Superman Movie
  • April 17, 2002: J.J. Abrams Talks New Superman Movie
  • April 18, 2002: Brendan Fraser as Superman?
  • April 27, 2002: Comic Book Movies Article in USA Today
  • May 9, 2002: Superman to Return to Pinewood Studios?
  • May 19, 2002: TIME Magazine on Super-Heroes
  • June 25, 2002: “Batman vs Superman” Rumor
  • July 2, 2002: “Superman and Batman” Movie Coming 2004?
  • July 9, 2002: Details on “Batman vs Superman” Movie
  • July 9, 2002: More on the “Batman vs Superman” Movie
  • July 13, 2002: Peterson's Hints on “Batman vs Superman”
  • July 24, 2002: “Batman vs Superman” Movie Castings???
  • July 25, 2002: Warner Bros. Shoots Down Casting Rumors
  • July 31, 2002: TVGuide Poll: Superman vs Batman - RESULTS!
  • August 6, 2002: Casting and Timing Rumors on Superman Movies
  • August 13, 2002: “Batman vs Superman” Movie On Hold!
  • August 19, 2002: JJ Abrams “Superman” Script... Really Good!
  • August 19, 2002: The Death of the Super-Hero Film Franchise ... Again!
  • August 26, 2002: Latest Superman Movie Rumors
  • September 2, 2002: Information on the New Superman Movie Script
  • September 12, 2002: McG Talks Superman Movie
  • September 14, 2002: Confusion Over Director of New Superman Movie!
  • September 14, 2002: Keanu Reeves as Superman?
  • September 18, 2002: Brett Ratner Talks Superman Movie
  • September 23, 2002: A Review of the New Superman Movie Script ???
  • September 24, 2002: Superman Movie-Making Fiasco
  • September 26, 2002: Superman Movie Press Release
  • September 28, 2002: Superman Script Review Has Warner Bros. Fuming
  • September 29, 2002: JJ Abrams on AICN “Superman” Script Review
  • September 30, 2002: Hopkins Talks Superman Movie
  • October 5, 2002: More From Brett Ratner on Superman
  • October 10, 2002: EW's Selections for Superman
  • October 21, 2002: Brett Ratner Talks More on Superman
  • October 22, 2002: Ratner Discusses Plans for “Superman”
  • October 22, 2002: Ratner and Hopkins Talk Superman
  • October 24, 2002: Crew Rumors on New Superman Movie
  • October 27, 2002: Dini Denies “Superman” Movie Involvement
  • November 8, 2002: Comic Creators on new Superman Movie
  • November 11, 2002: Another Superman Movie Review
  • December 5, 2002: Spinotti - Director of Photography on Superman
  • December 10, 2002: Charlie Sheen as Lex Luthor?
  • December 14, 2002: WB President Talks Superman Movies
  • December 14, 2002: Charlie Sheen Rumor Shot Down
  • December 31, 2002: British Actor as Superman?

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