Robert Zemeckis Said No to Directing "Superman?" Sour Grapes? 


We all know by now that Zack Snyder is going to direct the brand new "Superman" movie from producer Christopher Nolan.

We also knew about the array of directors being talked about to helm the Man of Steel film such as Darren Aronofsky (my personal choice), Tony Scott, Matt Reeves, Jonathan Liebesman, and Duncan Jones (See Who Wants to be the Next "Superman" director? Darren Aronofsky Maybe?).

But what we didn't know was that Robert Zemeckis was also once upon a time listed as one of the hopefuls. So when MTV News asked the "Back of the Future" director, he downplayed his rumor involvement. Of course!

His answer? "I passed on that faster than a speeding bullet." But obviously, he wasn't more powerful than a locomotive, er, Snyder to get the director part.

Zemeckis further elaborated, "When they asked if I wanted to make the, what is it, seventeenth version of 'Superman,' I said, 'No, I don't think so."

Check out the complete MTV News interview below:



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Baz Luhrmann is Looking for His Daisy Buchanan in "The Great Gatsby" 


Baz Luhrmann may turn to F. Scott Fitzgerald for his follow-up to the under-performing "Australia." Deadline is reporting that the director will commit to working on Sony's "The Great Gatsby" if he finds his right Daisy Buchanan. Based on the Fitzgerald novel, Luhrmann co-wrote the script with Craig Pearce.

Some of the actresses being talked about for the role are Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively, Abbie Cornish, Michelle Williams and Scarlett Johansson. "The Town's" Rebecca Hall is also in the running and she has read with Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway.

DiCaprio and Maguire in a film together? Luhrmann directing? A very meaty part? It certainly is an actress' dream!

Mia Farrow played the part in the 1974 Jack Clayton version where Robert Redford played Jay Gatsby and Sam Waterston starred as Nick Carraway. But before you guys get excited, it's still not sure if DiCaprio and Maguire will be starring in the film. Darn.

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Are You Excited for "Leatherface 3D?" 


According to Bloody Disgusting, producer Mark Burg will be joining Carl Mazzocone in bringing "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" back to theaters. Only this time, it will be more about Leatherface and it's, surprise, surprise, in 3D!

Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures are teaming up and putting the final touches on the script written by Debra Sullivan and Adam Marcus. This one is a true sequel where the plot picks up right after the Tobe Hooper original. But as Bloody Disgusting revealed, the film will also flash forward to 35 years and there's supposed to be a "cult" of some sort. Hhmmm, a cult vs. Leatherface? Sounds intriguing!

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Leonardo DiCaprio Wants to Make the Best Serial Killer Movie Ever! 


Leonardo DiCaprio continues to take on roles that require less of his pretty boy looks and more of his thespian skills. Now, the actor wants to play America's first serial killer.

As Deadline reports, DiCaprio's shingle Appian Way scooped up Erik Larson's non-fiction book "Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America" which chronicles H.H. Holmes, a cunning serial killer who used the Chicago World Fair of 1893 to lure his victims to their unfathomable death.

But "Devil in the White City" is not all about Holmes, his serial killer life intertwines with Daniel H. Burnham, the brilliant architect behind the fair.

I can see it now! If "Shutter Island" is the architecture of a deranged mind and "Inception" is about the architecture of the brain, then "Devil in the White City" examines the architecture, the twists and turns if you may, in the making of a serial killer.

DiCaprio and company are on the hunt for a great writer and director before selling the film to studios. The actor is going to play Holmes, but who should play Burnham. And more importantly, who should direct?

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"Saw 3D" Slices and Dices Box-Office Competition, Debuts at No. 1 with $24.2 Million! 


The seventh installment of "Saw," billed as "Saw 3D," debuted at No. 1 with $24.2 million. Sure this one's still higher than last year's "Saw VI" but it still underperformed compared to earlier chapters in the "Saw" series (from 2 to 5) which all made $30 million each over opening weekend.

Is it time for a "Saw" reboot?

A much better scary film is "Paranormal Activity 2" which slipped to No. 2 this weekend with $16.5 million raising its total to $65.7 million (check out my interview with Katie Featherston for "Paranormal Activity 2" by clicking here).

Meanwhile, Summit's "Red" finished at No. 3 with $10.8 million. So far, the action comedy starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, and Helen Mirren has raised $58.9 million.

Crossing the $100 million mark is the funny "Jackass 3D" which came in at No. 4 with $8.4 million. The 3D stunt comedy has raised its total to $101.6 million. (Click here for my movie review of "Jackass 3D." For my fun one-on-one interviews with the entire cast and director Jeff Tremaine, click here)

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for Weekend of 10/29:

1. "Saw 3D," $24.2 million.
2. "Paranormal Activity 2," $16.5 million.
3. "Red," $10.8 million.
4. "Jackass 3D," $8.4 million.
5. "Hereafter," $6.3 million.
6. "Secretariat," $5.1 million.
7. "The Social Network," $4.7 million.
8. "Life as We Know It," $4 million.
9. "The Town," $2 million.
10. "Conviction," $1.8 million.

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