Is the MAN OF STEEL Script Under Construction by 300 Co-Writer Kurt Johnstad?

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Time is not on Superman’s side. At leaset, that is the case with Warner Bros.’ upcoming Man of Steel, which is up against the gun of rights ownership to get cracking on bringing the classic character to the silver screen by next year. As you probably already know, Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) is teaming-up with producer Christopher Nolan to helm the superhero flick based on a script by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins). However, perhaps as a result of said time constraints, rewrites are apparently needed on Goyer’s script. If you’re Warner Bros., with a solid cast that includes Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Kal-El, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Chris Meloni, Michael Shannon, and Harry Lennix already in place, you want to make as many tweaks as necessary. Hit the jump for more details on the rewrite including which scribe gave the script a once over as well.

superman_alex_ross_01According to a scoop by Moviehole, Kurt Johnstad is giving the screenplay some fine-tuning because Goyer is busy working on the Godzilla reboot. However, the news doesn’t end there. Half of the dynamic writing duo on The Dark Knight, Jonah Nolan, also provided some script work. Snyder has formed a close working relationship with Johnstad, who co-wrote 300 and the upcoming sequel, 300: Battle of Aremisia. Johnstad is also developing the script for The Last Photograph, based on a story by Snyder that has Christian Bale and Sean Penn in talks to star.

Clearly, the two trust each other’s work and, as a fan of 300, I am glad the two found time to help each other out on one of the biggest properties currently being developed in Hollywood. As for Jonah, anything he touches can only be the better for it from what I can tell. No news was given on what the two worked on concerning the script, but The Playlist mentions there were problems in the third act. Production on Man of Steel is set to begin anytime now, with a likely release in late 2012.




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  • Sam

    And so dies what little hope I had left for this project. We have fallen so far from a “Christopher Nolan-controlled project”.

    • Bill Graham

      Rub the sleepy stuff out of your eyes. Jonah Nolan, Chris’ brother, was involved in this script revision. And Goyer, as good as he might be at creating or adding story bits, hasn’t made a great script by himself.

      • rbevanx

        Yeah and Jonah was involved with script revisions on the terrible Terminator Salvation where I think he only did one scene, could be the same again. I’m sure he is more concerned with his very own TV show at the moment and The Dark Knight Rises both which he is actually writing.

        The actors could be doing the film to raise their box office numbers so they can make other films that financers are 50/50 with for all we know, not how the script reads which is very common in Hollywood.

        The film is clearly being rushed for a deadline with a script that’s not complete and they are building sets with a script that clearly has problems or is still unfinished.

        Thats not even taking into account that Zack Snyder is making the film who isn’t very good. If they didn’t have that deadline I would have imagined WB hiring someone up and coming, talented and cheap like Nolan was with Duncan Jones coming straight to mind.

        Dawn of the Dead – No where near as good as the original, average
        300 – Typical action film nothing special
        Watchmen – All over the place
        Sucker Punch – A two hour music video.

        Sam spot on

      • Jason

        rbevanx,
        Synder is very good. You don’t know much about what you are talking about. Unlike the grand majority of clueless “directors” Synder has a cinematic eye as he doesn’t resort to cheap shaky cam methods. Also, when it comes to action he gets action film making much more than the majority of Hollywood directors.

        Here are my comments to your assessment of his films:

        Dawn of the Dead – I agree with you.

        300 – If you call this a “typical action film” you know nothing about “action films” as it was anything but typical. I don’t think it was great but it was above average.

        Watchmen – Great movie. One of the best movies based on comic book superheroes. I prefer it over the graphic novel. Above average film making.

        Sucker Punch – Great action scenes. Very weak script though. The director’s cut however is said to be an improvement. I have not seen it as of yet.

        If this Superman doesn’t turn out to be good it will be because of the script, not Synder. The fact that Goyer was hired to write the thing was Warner Brothers first mistake.

      • rbevanx

        “Synder is very good. You don’t know much about what you are talking about.”

        Well thats a good start…

        If you wanna see a good action movie, watch something like Teriminator 2 which has better action and actual substance to it. 300 was forgettable and racist…average hollywood trash with no effort put into it’s writing and an easy buck due to how much money they spend advertising it…A typical “happy meal” at best.

        Watchmen if I had not read the graphic novel I would not have known what was going, so that is all over the place.

        As for Snyder he is poor with his over use of slow motion and in Watchmen giving ordinary humans super powers when in the film they are not suppose to except for Dr. Manhattan. All style (that has been over used btw) and no substance to his films.

        “Synder has a cinematic eye as he doesn’t resort to cheap shaky cam methods.”

        Oh yeah that Paul Greengrass is so terrible, he’s really added nothing to films with Bloody Sunday and the Bourne films etc. Lets just hire McG, Bay and Snyder as they know how to keep the camera still and make two hour music videos.

      • Jason

        rbevanx,
        Thanks for the thought but I saw T2 when it first came out in the 90s. I like my action movies done by directors that understand action film making. It’s an art that almost doesn’t exist in Hollywood and the shaky cam style that every hack jumps into doesn’t help the current dire situation. I highly suggest you start venturing deep into Hong Kong action cinema to experience something you can hardly get in Hollywood: High quality action film making.

        Perhaps you don’t read well, but all I said was that 300 was above average. I didn’t think it was great. It had a great look to it which was unique and interesting. A lot of the film making was also very good but the script wasn’t (the added plot to lengthen the movie wasn’t good at all) and many things were overdone. The racism of the movie was already present in the original Miller work and the movie seemed like it was attempting to be as close as possible. So blame Miller for that.

        If you could not follow the Watchmen film, that says more about you then the film. The film was pretty easy to follow. It was hardly a David Lynch movie.

        Greengrass Bourne movies are horrible. If you like them then again it says a lot about you. Shaky cam is a cop-out. That’s why even atrocious directors like Uwe Boll has jumped on the shaky cam bandwagon and whaddyaknow… people out there actually claim he is improving! He hasn’t improved. It’s just that people are easy to fool with shaky cam it seems.

        The fact that you put Synder in the same group as McG and Michael Bay again says a lot about you. Unlike them, Synder knows how to properly frame a shot and also unlike them Synder understands proper action film making. It seems you are unable to discern visual cinematic expression. I suggest you watch (emphasize on the word “watch”) the movies you see in the future. Don’t just sit there and look at what’s in front of you.

      • rbevanx

        No I read fine cheers as you said “above average” and I stated back it was average. I would classify The Dark Knight as above average myself.

        I was trying to avoid the whole “I have seen more films than you2 as we are suppose to be discussing the story about Superman. I have seen all kinds of films from Seven Samuari, Oldboy, Heat, Ronin, Memento, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Th Mag Ambersons to The Paralax View. To cut it short I also watch a fair ammount of films and I do understand them cheers.

        If it makes you feel better I have even seen Street fighter with the great use of “X-Ray” if we are gonna go to Hong Kong china and argue like arty farty’s in a media course.

        I’m not the only one who thought Watchmen was all over the place, see Dr Kermode’s review of it. He’s a doctor in films if you can’t trust me.
        I put Snyer in that group because like the other two they can’t follow narrative.

      • Jason

        You’re quite ignorant. Street Fighter isn’t a Chinese film. It’s Japanese. Good job, buddy.

        No, you didn’t read “fine” because you said 300 was a “typical action film”. For that to make sense it would mean that there are other action films made before 300 in Hollywood that are just like it. There aren’t. It had a unique look and that’s what attracted many people to the film. Something like the recent “The Mechanic” remake is a “typical action film” because it’s no real different than any ho-hum action film that comes out of Hollywood. No surprise either as it was directed by the forgettable director known as Simon West.

        Typical of film armatures that want to pretend they know much when they don’t they always name “Seven Samurai” as a film they’ve seen. Trust me, you aren’t special because you saw “Seven Samurai”. Try actually discovering Asian cinema and not just watching whatever some pretensions film book or snooty critic says is good. Discover things on your own without prejudice.

        All the other films you mentioned don’t mean anything. Just because you saw Oldboy doesn’t mean you know anything about Asian cinema. Have you seen The Mission? What about Park Chan Wook’s J.S.A.? What about Memories of Murder? What about Infernal Affairs 2? What about Hara Kiri? What about School On Fire? One Nite In Mongkok? Legendary Weapons of China? 8 Diagram Pole Fighter? Know who Sammo Hung is? Lau Kar Leung? What about Yu Ha? Johnnie To?

        And that’s barely a sample. Your words prove you don’t know as much you think you do. My words aren’t coming from some shallow consumption of what others say. I discover cinema on my own and all kinds of cinema at that. That’s why I can appreciate when a director knows how to frame a shot and takes careful consideration of editing those shots. That’s why Greengrass shaky cam is despicable because it’s an easy way to film and it looks terrible.

        It’s really funny to me just how naive you are. People call Kermode “Doctor” as a nickname. He isn’t really a “doctor”. In any case, I don’t give a shit what Mark Kermode says. Unlike you it seems, I don’t take other people’s word and take it as my own. I have my own backbone and can make my own thoughts, thank you very much.

        The only reason you put Synder in with Bay and McG is because you can’t think for yourself. Kermode puts him in there so you follow suit. You can’t make your own mind. Synder is heads and shoulders above Bay and McG because like I told you he actually understands film making and is far beyond them. The problems with the narratives in his films (excluding Watchmen as it is not “all over the place” you are just a poor viewer) is simply due to subpar scripting which will be the case for any film if the script is subpar. Bay and McG though couldn’t make a good film even with a good script and don’t know how to compose shots unless it means filling the screen with random chaos.

  • Tarek

    300 ? Really ? what a vomiting news…^^

  • Dean

    Jonathan Nolan also did re-writes for Terminator Salvation. Didn’t stop that from being a bad film.
    If a film’s primarily written by Jonathan Nolan then great but if it’s just re-writes then it’s probably a little touch-up work which won’t make too much of a difference.

  • JLC

    So we can expect to see Supes with his shirt off….a lot?

  • rob

    A Superman film produced by the Nolans, featuring a script written by Goyer, with touches from Jonah Nolan, from a story idea by Chris Nolan and Goyer, touched up by the writer of 300, with a director as visual as Snyder and staring a cast this good?

    Yes please.

  • SmartFilm

    Depressing news because 300 was one of the worst scripts I can remember. Synder has no substance behind the style and the only way this movie could work is if he was on a tight leash held by Nolan himself.
    http://www.smartfilm.blogspot.com

  • Ryan

    Wait. 300 had a script-writer? That flick never told us whose ass it was or why it was farting. Cool to watch, but not much of a story.

  • Jason

    This doesn’t surprise me. David Goyer is a horrible writer. He is only getting major work because of his association with Nolan’s Batman movies which is he lucked out on because he wasn’t a main writer on the superior Dark Knight film. It’s no coincidence that the Dark Knight’s script was superior to Batman Begins which was all over the place seeing as how Goyer did not write Dark Knight (only shared a “Story by” credit).

    Anyone claiming that these rewrites are because Goyer’s busy is just damage control. Me thinks Warner is just not confident in this script and is trying to get other (better) hands involved in it to punch it up ASAP. Goyer should be doing Steven Segal DTV flicks. He is horrible and should stop stinking up Hollywood with his crappy writing.

    • Snapperhead

      I agree, Goyer is horrible. I’m a big del Toro fan, but I stopped enjoying Blade 2 about five minutes in.

      “Wait? Whistler’s still alive? No, that can’t be right, that would completely negate his noble sacrifice in the first film… Oh wait, there he is….
      Dammit, who wrote this crap?”

  • Verbal Kint

    Because it may be on a tight schedule doesn’t mean the result will be inferior, Richard Donner had an absolutely merciless schedule for the 1978 movie (and it’s sequel), but still delivered one of the greatest movies ever made! If the script for ‘Man of Steel’ is good, the movie will follow…

  • Joe

    Warner Bros keeps having failures in the super hero movie department because they are completely out of touch with what works and what doesn’t work. They are a company with too many chiefs and no indians. Everyone is a big top executive, everyone wants to have their say and too many cooks in the kitchen spoils the meal. They hire multiple people to do a one person job, most of which are absolutely and utterly ignorant, devoid of the basic principals for what makes a product desirable amongst the masses.

    Just look at the absolute disaster DC Comics has become; they are such a mess, they keep rebooting their universe, characters and comics every 2-3 years. There is no consistency, they have THREE PEOPLE doing a one person job — and anyone who says its NOT a one person job need only look at Jenette Kahn, who took a company that was broken and for twenty years made it a vital force to be reckoned with.

    I have zero faith in the new Man of Steel flick. These are the same people responsible for destroying the Green Lantern movie, the Wonder Woman pilot, her costume, that godawful Batman RIP/Final Crisis/Infinite Identity Crisis whosiszat and that revolting Superman costume and now, unmarrying him from Lois Lane.

    WB has removed the heart out of Superman and nothing can survive long without a heart. They have perverted his look, separated him from Lois Lane and made him now unrecognizable among the masses. Why bother with a Man of Steel movie coming from the dimbulbs up at WB? The Siegals and Shusters getting the rights back is a blessing in disguise because WB has made Superman a disgrace for the past fifteen years.

    • Geoff

      @Joe You are right on the money. DC is going nowhere and right now I find myself more and more disenchanted with everything produced by them. The comics are convoluted and boring. Just look at the recent Superman: Grounded storyline. Yikes… Marvel is pummelling them at the cinemas, and although some of the Marvel crop of films haven’t been all that good, at least they’ve put lots of stuff out there in the last decade. What has DC done apart from the last two good Batman films? Superman Returns? *sigh* Catwoman? *shudder* Green Lantern isn’t out here where I live yet, so I’m just going by the negative hype I’ve read online… Snyder, don’t fail us!!

  • rbevanx

    “You’re quite ignorant. Street Fighter isn’t a Chinese film. It’s Japanese. Good job, buddy.”

    Well it was over 15 years ago I watched it. Sorry if that was ignorant then.

    “It had a unique look and that’s what attracted many people to the film. Something like the recent “The Mechanic” remake is a “typical action film” because it’s no real different than any ho-hum action film that comes out of Hollywood. No surprise either as it was directed by the forgettable director known as Simon West. “
    It follows a generic formula of all action films and is predictable and offers nothing new. I’m sure you knew what I meant.
    “Typical of film armatures that want to pretend they know much when they don’t they always name “Seven Samurai” as a film they’ve seen. Trust me, you aren’t special because you saw “Seven Samurai”. Try actually discovering Asian cinema and not just watching whatever some pretensions film book or snooty critic says is good. Discover things on your own without prejudice.”

    Blimy you are aggressive, I’m sorry I didn’t mention Dersu Uzala and went with Seven Samurai instead. I find it amazing you know exactly what my film knowledge is simply by me simply mentioning Seven Samurai on my list???
    I mentioned the others to show you I watch all types of films and just not films from Hollywood. Maybe I should ask you if you have watched The Inheritance, Twin Town, Dead Man’s Shoes, The Beast etc and no I don’t use films books to decide if I’m gonna watch a film or like it. Like I said before the whole naming/top trumps/battleship films naming game is just pointless and is gonna get no where. Everyone has seen a film that someone hasn’t. I’m sorry I don’t go out of my way just for Asian films but I’m quite looking forward to watching Lebanon and I Saw The Devil, not because of a book or this site but as I actually fancied watching them going from their synopsis.
    “My words aren’t coming from some shallow consumption of what others say. I discover cinema on my own and all kinds of cinema at that. That’s why I can appreciate when a director knows how to frame a shot and takes careful consideration of editing those shots. That’s why Greengrass shaky cam is despicable because it’s an easy way to film and it looks terrible.”
    That was just dribble. I judge a film not by how it’s shot or effects, review or friends says etc but by substance which again goes back to the original point of Snyder not following narrative. He shoot’s fine but that to me is more the D.O.P job, his choices in how he handles a script, slow motion and humans that are suppose to normal but have super powers are why he and his films are weak.

    “I don’t give a shit what Mark Kermode says. Unlike you it seems, I don’t take other people’s word and take it as my own. I have my own backbone and can make my own thoughts, thank you very much.”

    Nah I watch films before I read/watch reviews mostly (If I see the review before then it tends to be by accident but it never really happens) and most of the time it matches my view. He has liked films that I haven’t for starters. So again just another childish assumption from you thinking you some how know me. I don’t know you and I don’t assume anything about you.

    Anyway…
    Clearly we are gonna disagree on this anyway and I don’t really understand if you think I’m that small minded, ignorant and can’t make my own mind up why you even reply to me in the first place.

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