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"Superman" loses Bay; "Jaws 5" surfaces

January 28th, 2003

It seems the new Superman just can't keep directors at bay! Apparently, Michael Bay has stepped down as a possible director for the revamping of the world's favorite superhero (judging from box-office grosses, that position could go to Spider-Man). Bay's removal has also affected the roles of producer Joel Silver and actor Josh Harnett to star as the Man of Steel. We can now all heave a sigh of relief.

Red Dragon's Brett Ratner is also out as he'll be too busy filming Rush Hour 3 this spring and Warner Bros. hopes to go into production by then. Rumors point to Tom Guiry (Black Hawk Down) as a possibility to play Superman.

With the remake script of Dawn of the Dead circling the net, original Dawn producer Richard Rubinstein is keen on the idea of updating Day of the Dead as well and has hired Basketball Diaries writer Bryan Goluboff to do a quick draft. The original Day was released in 1985 and directed by George Romero.

Universal is opting for a new Jaws movie. It appears that Deep Blue Sea scripters Duncan Kennedy and Donna Powers have typed up a decent screenplay and Universal is throwing around title like Jaws: The Resurfacing. Jaws 2 helmer Jeannot Szwarc (rhymes with shark) will direct with a hopeful 2004 release.

Matthew Dalton

Source: Dark Horizons