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Graceland Gardener wrote:I bet they waited to tie it in with the 2006 Superman movie.
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Ezzz wrote:Kids films !!!!!
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Ezzz wrote:Kids films !!!!!
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Ezzz wrote: If you like Superman, good for you..................but it`s still a kids film.
Ezzz wrote:Christ, talk about hyperbole.
Brando was a busted flush by the 60`s.
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Ezzz wrote:Christ, get a sense of humour mate.
Ezzz wrote:And yet you keep on reading my tedious replies....lol!
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Interview: Richard Donner
The director talks about the forthcoming Superman II director's cut, Singer's remake and a lot more in this exclusive interview.
by Jeff Otto
January 30, 2006 - Richard Donner established himself over the past three decades as one of Hollywood's most reliable purveyors of silver screen spectacle. Offering such populist favorites as The Omen and Superman in the late 1970s and then moving onto the enormously successful films in the Lethal Weapon series, much less The Goonies and Maverick, Donner proved that he could harness audience tastes and explore them to entertaining and evocative effect.
His latest effort is the film 16 Blocks, in which Bruce Willis plays a weathered New York cop assigned to usher a wisecracking witness (Mos Def) to his court date. IGN recently met up with Donner during the mixing of the film, which is scheduled for release on March 3, 2006, for an exclusive interview. In addition to a wealth of info on the forthcoming 16 Blocks, Donner dished all kinds of details about a number of projects he's involved in, including a director's cut of Superman II.
For those unfamiliar with the Superman movie saga outside of Bryan Singer's forthcoming update of the comic hero, the original two films were shot back-to-back by Donner in the late 1970s. Due to an acrimonious battle with the films' producers, no doubt over maintaining an appropriately cinematic tone in subsequent installemtns, Donner left the project and was replaced by Hard Day's Night helmer Richard Lester. After retiring to a quiet corner of the mixing booth, Donner explained that Warner Brothers was hard at work on a version of the film that would restore his original vision, and that it was scheduled for distribution on DVD some time prior to the release of Singer's Superman film.
IGN DVD: The Superman movies were some of my favorites growing up. I love the first film and so many parts of the second. It's very easy to tell which parts you directed versus the Richard Lester sections. You've been quoted as saying that you directed about 80 percent of the film, but only 50 percent wound up on screen.
Richard Donner: 70 percent.
IGN: There have been rumors for years that your cut will come out on DVD.
Donner: They're doing it. I'm not doing it. They're doing it. Michael Thaw, who used to be my assistant and is a good little editor - [said that] there were so many requests to Warner Brothers to see my cut that he went to them and they authorized it. He's been working for about four or five months now getting all the negatives and cuts out of England. A lot of it's been destroyed, a lot of it wasn't kept. But everything that he was able to [get], he said it will probably be about 70 percent my footage.
IGN: So the rest will be footage Lester shot?
Donner: Yeah. I don't even want to see it until it comes out in the theater.
IGN: But you do want to see it?
Donner: Oh, s**t yeah! But I don't want to cut it. I mean, I'm too far away from it now.
IGN: Superman II had such a great concept.
Donner: I did a scene, which I understand was destroyed or [I don't know] what, where Lois [Lane]discovers that he's Superman. The way they did it was he puts his hand in the fireplace. The way I did it was, she sees him at Niagra Falls and the kid falls in, he appears and saves her. That night at her hotel room, he comes into her apartment [and says], "Are you ready to go Lois, ready to go out?" She says, "Yeah," and she says, they get into a discussion, and she says, "You're Superman," and he says, "For gosh sakes, Lois, don't be stupid." [And she says], "It's too much of a coincidence. You're always here," and he says, "Life is a coincidence, Lois." And she says, "I don't know, I think I made a mistake, last time I bet my life…" When she jumps out the window and into the fruit cart. "So this time, I'm gonna bet your life," and she pulls a gun out. "I'm betting you're Superman."
IGN: Isn't there a similar deleted scene like that on one of the DVDs?
Donner: There's a screen test. But I never shot [it]. So we're trying to put that screen test in. She fires the gun and he goes, he straightens up, the glasses come off and he says, "Do you realize how stupid you were Lois? If I wasn't [Superman], Clark Kent would be lying there dead right now." And she says, "What, with a blank?" And he goes, "Oh my God." (Laughs) And it was so cute. I love it. But anyway, yeah, I'm anxious to see it in the theater.
IGN: The IGN audience has been eagerly waiting for this cut for years now. There are always rumors and questions from readers.
Donner: Brian (Singer), who did the new Superman, he says, "This is an homage to you." Because it's got a lot of my own footage in it and everything. It will be nice to see that too. I'm crazy about him.
IGN: Brando is showing up in the new film, right?
IGN: What's your take on Singer's film? Have you seen footage yet?
Donner: No, I don't want to.
IGN: Did Singer come to you for advice?
Donner: No, his [question] was, "Should I do it?" And I said, "By all means, if there's anybody out there that should do it, it's you." When they were doing X-Men, two great writers… I love them too. They'd sit there and run Superman all day and then talk about it, and then low and behold he was offered it. He said, "Should I do it?" and I said, "By God, there's nobody out there that should do it but you." I want to see it cold.
IGN: We're been doing these Top 25 Best Lists by genre, and our top pick on the Best Superhero List was Superman. There was debate on some more recent films being the top pick, such as last year's Batman Begins, but our writers felt Superman was still the best choice.
Donner: The original one? Really? That's nice. No kidding! You know why? It's like, I had never done an action movie and Mark Canton, who ran Warner Brothers, offered me a script called Lethal Weapon and I read it. I had been offered a lot of action films, but everything I read was gratuitous action. And here I read this script by this young kid, Shane Black, and it was a brilliant script because it was about people and about conflict and about where they were going and out of that evolved good action. And I was convinced that the only way any of these things are good is if you are emotionally committed to the people and you want to go with them, you want to see them win, you want to see some lose, whatever.
Superman, with the draft that we finally shot, was just that. You really cared. There was three films in Superman. Krypton was one, then we got to Earth, it's a whole different one with Pa Kent finding that thing in the middle of the field and going, "Ma, did you see that?" And then when you get out of a cab in Metropolis and there's horn honking and there's this big guy with a hat and glasses going into the Daily Planet. There were three separate films, but each one of them you had a commitment to people. Brando and [Maria Schell] and Ma and Pa Kent and then Lois and Clark that surrounded them. But you cared about them, you were committed to them.
IGN: Brandon Routh certainly has some big shoes to fill. Superman will always be Christopher Reeves to me.
Donner: He'll always be Superman to me.
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