Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas have started interviewing directors for the upcoming Superman reboot, reports Deadline.
The rumored list includes Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code), Jonathan Liebesman (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Battle: Los Angeles and just-signed for Clash of the Titans 2), Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), Tony Scott (True Romance, Unstoppable), and Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300).
The article suggests that a decision will be made in the next few weeks so that production on the project can be fast-tracked to make a 2012 release.
UPDATE: Two of the directors on the alleged short list have offered slight comments on the matter. JoBlo caught a response from Reeves at last night’s Fantastic Fest screening of Let Me In. Reeves stated he was “surprised” by the news and added, “I really have no idea if any of that is true. It’s certainly an amazing project, but I would be surprised…”
Though still not confirmation, a slightly more committal comment was tweeted this morning by Jones, who wrote, “About Superman… I’m going to say something really cheesy; Can’t talk about it, but an honor to be on the list. Interesting times!”
Snyder had previously commented to USA Today in 2008 that he was offered Superman as a project and turned it down.
“They asked me to direct a Superman movie, and I said no,” was Snyder’s response more than two years ago, “He’s a tricky one nowadays, isn’t he? He’s the king daddy of all comic-book heroes, but I’m just not sure how you sell that kind of earnestness to a sophisticated audience anymore.”
It remains to be seen if Warner Bros. is, indeed, still interested and if this current project, with Nolan “godfathering” the development, might be different enough to change Snyder’s mind.