It would appear that Bryan Singer and The Powers That Be will have to find new writers for “The Man of Steel”, Singer’s proposed sequel to his Superman reboot, “Superman Returns”. According to Variety, “Returns'” original writers, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris have “opted” not to come back for the sequel. Which means they’re jumping ship, because let’s face it, no screenwriter will leave a big-time Hollywood project unless he’s kicked off or threatened to leave. And for Dougherty and Harris to just walk? Wow, I don’t know, does this bode poorly for the sequel? Then again, it wasn’t like the original was all that great to begin with…
Industry chatter claimed the studio would start fresh with a new take on the Man of Steel, as if the previous pic never happened.
Reasons mentioned were the introduction of Superman’s son with Lois Lane, as well as the film’s less-than-expected domestic haul of $200 million and another $191 million overseas.
But WB denies such plans and said next pic would be a sequel with Brandon Routh likely to wear the “S” on his chest again. Legendary Pictures is co-developing and co-financing the project.
New pic also will up the action quotient, however — something Singer promised fanboys at last year’s Comic-Con in San Diego.
Michael Dougherty, meanwhile, will have his hands full writing and directing an episode of Origins, a spin-off of the hit TV show Heroes.