So here’s an opportunity to take your mind off of Inception for a couple minutes – MTV SplashPage is reporting that Chris Columbus (the man behind the first two Harry Potter films) is rumored to have been offered the job to direct the next Superman movie. The screenplay, as you know, is being written by Batman Begins scribe David S. Goyer and is rumored to be titled Man of Steel. Christopher Nolan decided to oversee the project in a producer-like role after Goyer told the Dark Knight director ‘I have this thought about how you would approach Superman’ sometime earlier this year.
Since then, David S. Goyer himself and Christopher Nolan’s brother Jonathan have both been rumored to be under consideration to direct the new Superman. But MTV is reporting that Columbus is said to be “the right fit” for the superhero film according to insiders at Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Could they be this far in the process of setting up the film?
More recently, Christopher Nolan told MTV News that his current focus is on fine tuning the right story for Superman rather than finding the right actor.
“It’s all about figuring out exactly the tone and meaning of the story and how you’re going to approach it,” said Nolan. “Casting comes later, and all of those considerations come later.”
Read the full article over at MTV SplashPage to get the full scoop. What do you think of Chris Columbus directing Man of Steel? Is he the right fit?
UPDATE (July 13, 2010): It looks like this rumor has been busted. Chris Columbus will not be directing Man of Steel.