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A Complete Reboot for Stalled 'Superman' Film


While no one has been attached to direct a new "Superman" film, speculations about what the film is going to be like keep swirling. Most recently, James McTeigue, who has been long rumored to direct the stalled "Superman" film project, has shared his idea on making it as a complete reboot should he join the project.


McTeigue, who previously helmed "Ninja Assassin" and "V for Vendetta", told MTV on August 20, "I think if I was ever going to go near Superman, I would do a complete reboot-take it in a direction that you would absolutely not expect, actually." He then added, "So, that would be my thinking on it, if I was ever going to go near Superman."


The filmmaker further detailed his idea for upcoming "Superman" project, saying "I think it's good that they just had a court case where, basically, if you make another Superman movie, you can't touch Superman growing up-that's part of the story that you can't touch any more." He claimed his idea "wouldn't be a bad thing" because he thought "everybody's a bit sick of seeing the origin story."


James McTeigue has been reported to serve as director for the new Superman film since last July. However, being interviewed in several occasions, he refused to answer whether he will take the directing job for the movie. Also being linked to the project are Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski. The creators of the "Matrix" series are reported to possibly produce the movie.


It is unclear whether the film wherein McTeigue and the Wachowski brothers are rumored to be attached is "Superman Unleashed". "Unleashed" was enlisted as the supposed title for one of Warners' in-development movies in early 2009.


Aside from the reboot idea, Warner Bros. and DC Comics recently lost the copyright to Superman. It was after judge in charge on the Federal court battle over this superhero character case decided that the family of the superhero's creator, Jerry Siegel, has the rights to control a lot of Superman's origins. Although WB and DC still own the rights of major elements from Superman, the companies have to get another Superman movie into production by 2011. In 2013, the full rights to Superman will pass into the hands of the heirs of Siegel and another Superman co-creator Joe Shuster.


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