Rumor: Wachowskis Directing Rebooted Superman Trilogy?!
Whoa, whoa, let's just take a second to soak all of this in. A source wrote in to Ain't It Cool News saying that he was watching a TV show in Germany where V for Vendetta and Ninja Assassin director James McTeigue was being interviewed. McTeigue said that due to the shake up of projects at Warner Brothers (i.e. they put all DC Comics movies on hold until they could figure out a new strategy), the Wachowskis were off of their latest superhero project called Plastic Man. Instead, they were approached by WB execs to reboot the Superman franchise as a trilogy and they're currently weighing their options before making a decision.
When asked about upcoming projects, McTeigue first confirmed that Plastic Man ("an incredible superhero period film noir that [looks] absolutely breathtaking" according to AICN's Harry Knowles) was the next project for the Wachowskis and that he had even signed on as the Second Unit Director (as he was for the Matrix trilogy). But then Plastic Man got delayed due to the aforementioned "shake up" of projects. Bryan Singer has since refused to direct any Superman reboot, deciding to move on to direct the Logan's Run movie otherwise, and so WB was left "with no choice but to take a fresh creative direction." And that new direction involved going back to the Wachowskis and offering them the chance to take on Supes.
Although McTeigue obviously can't exactly speak for Larry and Andy Wachowski, apparently he said that "the very thought of the brothers making a Superman movie is unbelievable as they have grown up in the world of comic books and they would be ideal for the project." If they do end up taking on the project, McTeigue would either work as Second Unit Director or potentially be handed the reigns to Plastic Man, which he seems just as excited about. If this rumor turns out to be true, and who knows how accurate it is to begin with, this Superman trilogy could be absolutely phenomenal in the hands of the Wachowskis.
Everyone knows I loved Speed Racer and I'm still a firm believer in the abilities of the Wachowskis, so seeing them take on Superman would be quite spectacular. Plus, The Matrix is somewhat reminiscent of Superman anyway, or at least inspired by it, so this actually makes a lot of sense. Thoughts?