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But, you have to remember that what made Waterworld so costly was that all of it was filmed on water. Titanic, I believe, was costly for almost the same reasons. Before Waterworld, T2 was supposedly the costliest movie and look how that sucker turned out. Now THAT was good movie making.
Originally posted by TheFightingFoetus
Time will tell. But let's not forget the already aforementioned 'Water-World'. That was what, 220 million?
I can envision WB execs, hopped up on k, coke, and ecxstacy totally green-lighting this.
This script, on the other hand, with all of it's large scale battles, will be extremely costly. Extremely. It ain't 1980, so what we thought were incredible battle sequences a'la Superman II, just won't hold up today. In order to do it right, so it looks even remotely realistic, they will have to pump a shitload of money into it.
I say it can't be done. I like what Inkthinker said, though. If this is the route they choose, we should all boycott it.
Theres hope afterall - From Dark Horizons-
"Superman Lives: Superman Cinema has posted up an item about internal reaction to the biggest news of the week: "Warner Bros. are absolutely furious at AICN's review of the script and is in complete panic mode. Heads are rolling and the entire studio is in turmoil. It seems they are scared to death they may have another BATMAN & ROBIN situation on their hands (they do) where negative buzz kills the film before it is even released. This time before it is even shot! The entire project is now in jeopardy and that they may have to throw out the entire script and start over. Someone who HATED the script and fought against it is the one who leaked it. But basically, there are a few people in the company who understand how bad the script is. Btw, the studio heads, many of them have never seen the Donner film and do not know ANYTHING about the origins of SUPERMAN, which explains why they loved the Luthor is an alien concept". Thanks to 'FanHalen'. "
I question the validity of that statement since I was watching CNN yesterday and saw in the damned ticker tape that Brett Ratner was going to direct the next Superman flick. When I saw that I was extremely pissed, confirming my belief that maybe this ridiculous pile of cr@p is going to get made. Hopefullysomeone high up the corporate ladder at Warner Brothers steps in and realizes that the idiots making these decisions should be fired and he needs to bring in a comic writer as a story consultant. The writer of 'The Ultimates' would do nicely, I think its Mark Millar?
Well, if the Dark Horizons bit is to be believed, then it would seem that all the talk we've been doing (here and on just about every comics and movie forum that I know of) has made a difference. Hopefull they will scrap the script as is and start over with someone that actually knows what they're doing.
This was over at Comics2film.com. Seems to confirm that new info.
Superman Script Stirs Controversy
A number of reports have recently emerged regarding the next film version of Superman.
Earlier in the week, Ainít it Cool News posted a review of a draft of J. J. Abramsí Superman screenplay. The highly-negative review gives a detailed look at the script, which drastically changes the comic book iconís origin. The report has fans in an uproar and has allegedly shaken up the project at the studio.
The report does offer a number of potential SPOILERS if this script is actually one that may be produced. So, proceed to the review with caution.
Meanwhile, the Last Son of Krypton website contacted Abramsí agent David Lonner. He offered this comment: "This is a first draft that is going to have changes and many polishes." That statement would indicate that the script dropped at AICNís doorstep is authentic, but that the story may still have major changes ahead of it.
Corona Coming Attractions has also been following the action, giving a play-by-play of whatís been going on behind closed doors at Warner Bros.
According to CCAís insiders, since WBís president of worldwide production (Lorenzo di Bonaventura) left, there has been a power struggle... not only for his position but for a spot as producer on Superman. It was announced Wednesday that Jon Peters (Batman franchise) now has that job.
Additionally, the site claims that Brian Robbins and Michael Tollin of Tollin/Robbins, the production company behind Smallville, are upset that Abramsí script for Superman smashes the continuity set up on the television show. The site also reports that WB is considering ending Smallville soon to allow the Superman film to stand on its own, without having to worry about discrepancies the film and the television series.
Warner Bros. announced Wednesday evening that Brett Ratner (Red Dragon) is attached to direct Superman.
Well, with Ratner now officially attached to the project, and the shake-up occuring at Warner over the leaking of the script, you can be sure that the script will at least get MAJOR rewrites, if not scrapped completely. I think that JJ Abrams could change the bad part of the script and turn it into something very cool. But it is entirely possible that the film may just die right now.
We will just have to wait and see.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'd rather if they not make a Superman movie at all then to have them go along with this script.
I could wait another ten years if it meant getting a good film on the big screen that everyone would enjoy.
Aint-It-Cool-News just posted this article, where they actually spoke to J. J. Abrams about his Superman script;
Click here to read it!
It sort of a relief, but not by much. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.