Former Screen Rant writer Jamie Williams is dropping a big exclusive over at his site Think McFly Think. Word is that Warner Bros. is so impressed with the early results of Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, Man of Steel, that they're already looking ahead toward getting the balling rolling on a sequel.
Specifically, the studio is said to have commissioned some high-profile writers to begin scripting the story to Man of Steel 2, and we've got word on who is doing the job.
This news will surely come as a surprise to some (and a promising omen to others); there has been a lot of debate raging about the approach that Snyder and Co. are taking with Man of Steel. It looks more and more like the film will deliver a slightly tweaked version of Superman - possibly (read: very likely) reflecting the recent changes to the character that have been made during DC Comics' "New 52" launch, a recent reboot of its comic book universe in which classic superheroes have been retooled for modern times (and better aligned with the multimedia agenda of DC Entertainment).
As for the writers who have been tapped to pen the early draft of the Man of Steel sequel: we've posted a list of names below (courtesy of TMT), with a few of their writing credits:
- Steve Kloves (Every Harry Potter film EXCEPT Order of the Phoenix; The Amazing Spider-Man)
- Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans; Pacific Rim)
- Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back; Paradise Lost)
A talented pool of writers who will each have a chance to show their stuff in some upcoming blockbuster films.
Man of Steel will be in production until early next year, and will then undergo another year's worth of post-production effects work and marketing before it finally lands in theaters in the summer of 2013. The script for the film was concocted by David S. Goyer and Chris Nolan, so needless to say, expectations are high for this one. If TMT's sources inside Warner Bros. are right, then it sounds like Zack Snyder and his cast of talented actors - including Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane - have met those expectations.
Of course, most of the weight of the film will rest on the shoulders of Henry Cavill, who plays Superman/Clark Kent. Cavill's off to a go start, though, as his Greek Myth epic Immortals came in number one at the box office during its opening weekend. Out of many criticisms some people leveled at that film, Cavill's acting wasn't really one of the more echoed complaints. Good sign?
We'll find out for sure once Man of Steel hits theaters on June 14, 2013
No word on when, specifically, Warner Bros. hopes to get Man of Steel 2 in theaters.
Be sure to check out our Man of Steel Image Gallery for a look at how production on the film is coming along.