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UA Makes Deal with Singer

United Artists have greenlit an as-yet untitled project for director Bryan Singer and screenwriter Chris McQuarrie. The two previously worked together on "The Usual Suspects." Reportedly this new film will be an ensemble piece, and will take place during the second World War. Whatever it is, it seems to have fascinated studio heads Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, as they immediately agreed to slate it.

This certainly puts on hold any plans (and you can bet there were plans a-plenty) Warner Bros. may have had for Singer and their revived Superman franchise. But perhaps Singer, having helmed last year's "Superman Returns" as well two of the 'X-Men' films, is simply tired of superhero movies and wants to try his hand at something less, er, superheroic. As he says of the script and its subject: "It's a period in history that has always fascinated me, and we found a very interesting story that materialized into a pretty wonderful script."

(Singer's production company is still contracted on the WB lot, where several projects are underway--and any Superman sequel would have him attached as a producer.)

This is the second project for the resuscitated United Artists. The first, Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs" will bow in November.

Source: Variety.

Posted by on March 14, 2007 4:41 PM
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