Superman‘s on-screen history is fascinating. There was the early TV show, the Christopher Reeve films, the rumored curse around the role, several failed reboots, including one that made it to the big screen, and now a successful reboot that’s playing into a bigger DC universe.
Adding even more myth to the role, the last two cinematic iterations of the character, Brandon Routh in Superman Returns and Henry Cavill in Man of Steel, each almost put on the “S” several years before. Both actors auditioned for one of the failed reboots, Superman Flyby, which was to be directed by McG from a script by J.J. Abrams. It’s a pretty fascinating coincidence and you can link to photos of their Superman Flyby auditions, including a very different Superman costume, below.
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In 2002 Warner Bros was developing a new Superman movie with then screenwriter JJ Abrams called Superman: Flyby, with Brett Ratner hired to direct. Abrams’ screenplay for the film would have reinvented Superman, incorporating a bunch of new ideas that angered fans when a negative script review was posted on the internet. The film was abandoned and never went into production. Mr. Sunday Movies has created a video essay giving the complete history of Superman Flyby. Watch that now after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Angie Han
2014 is shaping up to be a busy year for Kevin Costner. So busy, in fact, that this isn’t even our first Kevin Costner post of the day. Earlier this morning, we saw him in the new Super Bowl spot for his sports drama Draft Day. Now we also have a new trailer for his upcoming thriller 3 Days to Kill.
Directed by McG, the film stars Costner as an international spy whose job has kept him distant from his wife (Connie Nielsen) and daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). When he discovers that he’s sick, he decides to get out of the game to spend more time with his family.
Then a mysterious femme fatale (Amber Heard) shows up, promising a cure for his illness if he’ll just compete one last mission. As it happens, the assignment falls on the same weekend that he’s tasked with taking care of his kid for the first time in ten years. Watch the new video after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Reconnecting with an estranged teenage daughter isn’t an easy task in any circumstance, but in 3 Days to Kill, Kevin Costner finds his attempts at familial bonding complicated even further by the discovery that he’s suffering from a terminal illness.
If this were a Nicholas Sparks adaptation, that’d mean we had a lot of weeping and hugging to look forward to. But because this is a Luc Besson-scripted, McG-directed thriller, it means Costner has to pull himself together and go slaughter a bunch of dudes in the most badass way he can manage. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Briefly: Few men can fill the shoes of Lee Majors but one who comes close is Dwayne Johnson. The actor formerly known has The Rock is in talks to star in a remake of the Eighties TV show The Fall Guy, with McG (Charlie’s Angels) behind the camera.
Majors starred in the original TV show which followed a Hollywood stuntman who used what he did in the movies to be a bounty hunter. It’s a project that’s been kicking around Hollywood for several years and is now being shopped around by Hyde Park Entertainment and WWE Studios. Thor and X-Men: First Class writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller wrote the latest draft, which breathed new life into the franchise. [The Hollywood Reporter]
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The world has been on pins and needles waiting for the answer to one question: When will we see the next McG theatrical feature? The answer is February 14, 2014. Three Days to Kill, directed by McG, co-written by Luc Besson and starring Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard and Connie Nielsen, has just been picked up by Relativity and slotted on the calendar. Read about the plot and more below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
Hunter Killer has bounced between a couple of different directors over the past couple of years, and now it’s landed in the lap of yet another. McG is in talks to helm the military actioner, based on the novel Firing Point by Don Keith and George Wallace. The project puts him back in business with Relativity, which was also behind his upcoming Secret Service thriller Three Days to Kill. Get the details after the jump.
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McG isn’t the director I think of when a kids’ movie comes to mind. But it could be argued that most of his movies are for kids — just kids who happen to be over, say, 16. Charlie’s Angels, Terminator; Salvation; and This Means War are all just kids movies with big effects, aiming for older audiences that just want a little distraction.
So let’s see what happens when he goes for actual children’s material. McG has a first look deal to direct School of Fear, based on the book series by Gitty Daneshvari. The book is about “four children, all suffering from phobias, who are sent to the exclusive yet secretive school where they conquer their fears and survive a perilous final test.” Daniel Mackey is writing, and the producers see “franchise potential” in the effort.
We see a lot of similar properties developed with the same idea: turn bookstore and Amazon success into movie gold. (In fact, this is the second big development chance for this book series, which Graham King fist optioned in ’07.) But McG gets stuff made, even if his best production efforts are often on the TV front. Before he can think about shooting this, however, he’ll make Three Days to Kill, with Kevin Costner. [Variety]
After the break, Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer isn’t the only camera guy making the jump to director lately, as Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson and Only God Forgives shooter Larry Smith plans to direct a film called Trafficker. Read More »
Briefly: Hollywood’s Magic Castle — that private magic club that is home to Academy of Magical Arts — was recently revealed as the location for a new film. The movie has the working title Magic Castle (surprise!), but that’s just about all we’ve known of it, other than that the film was born out of a new representation deal the organization signed with CAA. Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari are writing, but the details of their script are being kept more secret than the explanation of how the old “saw a woman in half” trick works. (“Fake legs?!”)
Now THR reports that McG is set to direct the film, which, after his most recent picture This Means War, might help set your expectation level somewhat. This won’t be McG’s next film; that’s Three Days to Kill, which stars Kevin Costner. That’s scheduled to shoot soon, and then in February, when it is done, McG will have a flunky open the door to the Magic Castle and he’ll make it his own.