Apparently yesterday rumors broke out that Inception and upcoming Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan is officially searching for a director for his proposed man of steel reboot — and that he already made a short-list for the directorial role. I of course was on two separate flights all up 16 hour trip from little ol’ NZ to Phuket Thailand so was completely unaware.
The story that broke was that Nolan had officially began searching for a potential list of directors to handle the huge project of not only bringing the last son of Krypton to the big screen but also successfully rebooting the film franchise — to a point that beats the last failed attempt, RE: Superman Returns
. And according to rumors/sources (same thing) Nolan has a list of 5 directors, among them Tony Scott
, Matt Reeves
, Zack Snyder
, Duncan Jones
and Jonathan Liebesman
as the top candid directors for the job.
Personally looking at most of the above, talent wise I think they have it but as for know how – sorry guys no one can surpass the man who not only destroyed (in a good way, trust me) its previous franchise’s but also created some of the greatest super-hero oriented films ever. As for the master of superhero epics, Nolan seems to come to mind. Nolan just gets it, he brought a huge mix of comics and media to the table and just made it happen. He has been described as the Alfred Hitchcock of Superhero cinema, as well as Godfather of modern super cinema. On that I would have to agree.
First you have to look at the large amount of fans associated with the franchise, and not only do right by them and its source material but making it general viewer friendly also. It’s no small task. Nolan gets it, but he seems content on standing back to let someone else take the fall so to speak.
The only two decent directors of the group are of course directors Zac Snyder
and Duncan Jones
. Both infinitely capable from what little we’ve seen so far. Snyder doesn’t really need to much explanation because he just nails it for me, look at his last few films and the next few upcoming and you’ll see he’s just spaz-tastic at everything he does. But my worry is would Superman be right for him? As for Jones, I haven’t seen anything of his other than British sci-fi thriller Moon
, presuming he hasn’t done more than just that I would say his first effort was bloody brilliant — clever, funny, thrilling it just worked. Both I think would be good in any sort of situation, but nothing can stop me from saying Nolan is the right man to do it.
But aside from my worries, I think its a good enough lot…..I haven’t really seen enough work from the latter of them to base my opinion on so don’t worry if the whole last two paragraph seems a bit full on because it is. It’s been long buzzed about who would be directing the damn thing, as well as become Nolan’s fan-boy protege. The names have been few and far between, so to have a list of 5 up-and-coming is relieving to say the least. So either way we know Nolan is working on one super-sequel, be it Batman 3
Not so long before I was about to post the above I skimmed a follow up post from Cinema Blend, showing some response from the 5 directors on the Nolan Superman
list (almost like the famous Tarantino hit-list in Kill Bill) including Zac Snyder, Duncan Jones and Tony Scott. Only three of the five have given responses, the two that haven’t are Tony Scott
and Jonathan Liebesman
. First up on the list is Matt Reeves, who was quoted by JobBlo
saying “I was surprised. I really have no idea if any of that is true. It’s certainly an amazing project, but I would be surprised…” at the opening of his new film, Let Me In
, featuring at the Fantastic Fest
in Austin where the film is showing. So clearly he had no idea of his inclusion which is the exact opposite of fellow list maker Duncan Jones.
Coming Soon.net caught wind of a comment on Jones’ Twitter page which stated he had a fair idea of his name on up-and-comers list, saying “I was surprised. I really have no idea if any of that is true. It’s certainly an amazing project, but I would be surprised…” Meaning he had some inside knowledge — did Nolan inform him, most likely not. But it does run consistently with Zack Snyder
Snyder mentioned in an interview with Latino Review
that he had indeed been approached and turned the project down — so this either means Reeves is lying in saying he had no idea or they two are lying also. So this leaves Snyder out of the equation, with only four directors list on the supposed imaginary list. The other two have made no comments, and are currently occupied on other films so don’t expect them to be on. So that leaves Ducan Jones
and Matt Reeves
, it doesn’t leave to much options but then again as Nolan goes he will have the one in mind for the job. So finally that’s it from and Superman, stay tuned for more from this — now I’m off to the pool, wait, its pissing down. Fantastic.