§ Yes there WILL be a Superman Returns sequel, director Bryan Singer tells Empire and he WILL be directing it:
“That movie made $400 million!” Singer says incredulously. “I don’t know what constitutes under-performing these days…Look, I can understand, I suppose, what some people mean. Perhaps some people went in with the expectation of it being like an X-Men film, and Superman is a tougher character than that. Especially bringing him back. It really goes back to the fact that you can only please some of the people some of the time. But, yes, I’m just getting back with writers after the strike. We’re just in the development phase. I’m starting to develop a sequel…with the intention of directing it.”
§ Doug TenNapel’s Image graphic novel MONSTER ZOO has been nabbed by Paramount before it even came out, the trades report. Sam Raimi and Josh Donen are attached as producers. The story involves a zoo taken over by an evil idol and the doughty teens who must go up against this world-threatening menace.
According to THR, the deal was for low-six against seven figures, which means TenNapel, once best known for creating the video game EARTHWORM JIM, must be pocketing a lot of simoleons, with that sweet Image deal. Although his previous graphic novels have not yet been brought to the screen, they all generated a lot of Hollywood interest:
TenNapel’s graphic novels have a strong track record of generating heat. In 2004, Universal shelled out $1 million for his “Tommysaurus Rex,” while his “Creature Tech” prompted a bidding war the same year before ending up at Regency. Dennis McNicholas (“Land of the Lost”) recently came on board to adapt “Creature Tech.”