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“Superman Lives” Lives, On Kickstarter

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Nicolas Cage as Superman

One of my favorite movie websites in the late 1990s was Corona’s Coming Attractions. The site, run by Canadian Patrick Sauriol- which still exists, by the way- ran a database of rumored, upcoming, or in-production movies, always sharing the latest news about a director or writer being hired, about some popular comic book getting optioned, or even a whole project getting scuttled.

Aside from the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy, perhaps the one page on Coming Attractions that I followed most closely was that of “Superman Lives.” A long-in-development revival of the Superman franchise- the term “reboot” wasn’t yet in general use back then- the film was to be written by Kevin Smith, directed by Tim Burton, and to star Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel and possibly Kevin Spacey as villain Brainiac.

The film was supposed to come out in 1998 or 1999 but fell apart shortly prior to production, although some elements of its survived in Bryan Singer’s 2006 “Superman Returns.” But now, on the eve of yet ANOTHER Hollywood reboot of the Superman movie mythos, “Man of Steel,” a filmmaker named Jon Schnepp is planning to make a movie about the movie that was never made.

 Schnepp has launched a Kickstarter project for a full-length documentary called “The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?,” which will explore the never-made project, which Schnepp believes “would have been the most original and strangest Superman ever.”  Schnepp has collected leaked artwork from the aborted project over the years, and plans to interview various principals, from designers of the costume effects, to the producers, to even Smith, Burton or Cage themselves.

Here’s Schnepp’s explanation of the project:

The project as of Monday had raised $33,153 from 802 backers, out of a goal of $98,000, with 41 days remaining. Schnepp’s “stretch goal” is to actually produce a few minutes of footage based on Smith’s script.

The Kickstarter is accepting donations here. 

And that’s not the only offbeat, 1990s-flavored Kickstarter movie project out there this week. Producer Daniel Nadolny would like to produce a biopic of Spin Doctors frontman Chris Barron, to star actor and Barron doppelgänger Daniel Stern. 

 

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