Interview conducted by Tom Stockman July 16th, 2014
A native St. Louisan, Brad Schiff serves as the animation supervisor at Laika Studios, the award-winning company behind “Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” and the upcoming “The Boxtrolls.” Before making his creative contributions to Laika’s films, Brad cut his teeth on a number of popular American television series, including MTV’s “Celebrity Deathmatch,” “The PJs,” and “Gary & Mike.” In 2001, Brad brought home a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for his work on “Gary & Mike.” Brad’s commercial-directing clients have included the NFL on Fox, Nintendo, and Samsung. In 2004, Brad worked as an animator on Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” the first of what has turned out to be a series of Academy Award-nominated features that includes Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Although Brad’s busy schedule only allows a hometown visit once a year or so, when in St. Louis »
- Tom Stockman
The year of ScarJo continued in high fashion this weekend, with the action-thriller Lucy surpassing expectations and reaching the #1 spot at the North American box office. Taking in an estimated $44 million from 3,173 theatres, Lucy became the actor’s biggest opening for a non-Marvel film. That is also a larger opening than Salt ($36 million), which starred kick-ass heroine Angelina Jolie and opened in late July, 2010.
With Johansson receiving a lot of acclaim this year for her roles in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Her and Under the Skin, a lack of options for female moviegoers and a dazzling trailer, Lucy was expected to open at the top – but not to this extent. With competition from Hercules and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, mixed reviews and an R rating, an opening over $40 million is a big surprise.
Lucy is the fourth original film from Universal to open at #1 this year – after Lone Survivor, »
- Jordan Adler
The Death Of Superman Lives
There’s a long and storied history of the movies that Nic Cage almost ruined, and the two that tend to rank highest on the red alert list are when he almost played the Scarecrow for Joel Schumacher’s thankfully cancelled Batman Triumphant and the time he was almost cast as a long-haired Superman for Tim Burton’s Superman Lives.
Despite the sighs of relief that came in hindsight with the death of both projects, both still hold a good deal of intrigue – it would have been brilliant to see an unhinged Cage in full flow as Scarecrow for instance, and the very idea of a Superman movie written by Kevin Smith, directed by Burton and starring a muscular Cage as a the Man Of Steel is perversely beautiful.
We’ve already seen images of Cage in the potential Supes outfit he might have worn, »
- Simon Gallagher
Friday was a big day for Idw at San Diego Comic-Con with the publishing company holding several panels and making some big announcements (with more still to come), and of note for the horror crowd are two new series, both featuring rather iconic characters...
Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids, the 1980s sensation, will have readers squirming with delight this winter as the obscene adolescents star in a brand-new comic book series from Idw Publishing.
With the likes of Adam Bomb, Leaky Lindsay, and New Wave Dave populating the Garbage Pail Kids universe, the delightfully deformed and often downright disgusting Kids are set to make their mark on the world of comics, just in time for their 30th Anniversary in 2015!
“As a child of the Eighties, I was at ground zero for the Garbage Pail Kids phenomenon,” series editor Denton J. Tipton said. “The profoundly irreverent stickers spoke »
- Debi Moore
Kevin Smith has been enjoying himself lately, visiting the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, dropping hints when it comes to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and even being part of an upcoming documentary looking at Tim Burton's abandoned Superman movie. Now it's time to look at his own new film, Tusk, which A24 will be releasing in theaters on September 14 and I fully expect to be a part of Midnight Madness at this year's Toronto Film Festival. The film follows Wallace (Justin Long) a journalist on a mission. He finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Michael Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses. Check out the trailer for Tusk below. sb id="965575" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
Nicolas Cage’s “Superman Lives” never got the chance to hit the big screen, but director/producer Jon Schnepp has released a full trailer for documentary, “The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?,” in an effort to raise the finishing funds for post-production.
Burton was attached to direct the film in 1997 but then dropped off the troubled project in 2000 because he got tired of both waiting and producer Jon Peters.
“I basically wasted a year,” Burton said of the experience. “A year is a long time to be working with somebody that you don’t really want to be working with (Peters).”
Originally budgeted at $190 million, “Superman Lives” reportedly cost Warner Bros. $30 million in development costs.
There’s no sign of Cage, »
- Nikara Johns
A full trailer has been released for the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? The movie explores Tim Burton's failed Superman Lives production that was supposed to star Nicolas Cage in the lead role. The trailer features bits of interviews with all the people that were involved with the project and also offers some never-before-seen concept art from the film that thankfully never happened.
- Joey Paur
I’m not going to rehash the story of when I met Kevin Smith while working a movie theater box office in the mid ’90s and how he told me about the experience of writing a Superman movie (those days filmmakers didn’t have to be guarded about things being easily spread on the Internet after chatting with fans). You can read what he said then in a piece I wrote early last year on the Kickstarter campaign for The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? Now it’s time to see what Smith says now, in the first trailer for the documentary, which is about the failed project. Also in this trailer are a lot of other prominent people who worked on Superman Lives, including director Tim Burton (who is nearly driven to suicide talking about the sad fate of the film on camera), Lorenzo di Bonaventura (then the Warner Bros. exec who greenlit the »
- Christopher Campbell
It is easy to predict who will prevail at the Oscars after the nominations are revealed next January. But can you forecast seven months out who will take to the stage of the Dolby Theater? Last year's 86th edition of the Academy Awards was historic as "12 Years a Slave" became the first film by a black director to win Best Picture. While Steve McQueen's biopic had been out front at the start of the derby, the lead changed hands throughout the season with the ascent and fall of, among others, "Gravity" and "American Hustle." Will this year's Oscars race be equally eventful? -Break- It is never too early to talk Oscars. Join our fierce fights in the fiery forums. Films inspired by true stories, such as "12 Years a Slave," are always popular with Oscar voters. Among this year's contenders are films from: Tim Burton ("Big Eyes"), Bennett Miller (& »
A new trailer was recently released for an unfinished documentary about a scrapped Nicolas Cage Superman movie that never made it to the big screen. In an attempt to raise money to finish the full-length documentary, filmmakers of The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? released a 2:45 clip about the 1990s flick Superman Lives, which was cancelled and never made into a feature film. The new trailer, which was made by filmmaker Jon Schnepp, features footage of Cage in a very unique Superman suit as well as interviews with Superman Lives screenplay writer Kevin Smith and director Tim Burton. "Six more months before we see Ben Affleck in the Batsuit, but you can get an early look at a story about »
(Cbr) Robin Lord Taylor and Camren Bicondova are among "Gotham's" crop of nascent bad guys -- two proto-villains in what will eventually become the rogues gallery for the future Batman -- and both actors have eagerly been doing their homework in order to breathe fresh life into iconic DC villains the Penguin and Catwoman. Speaking with Comic Book Resources at Fox's summer party for the Television Critics Association, the young actors reveal their learning curves in the backstories of the Bat-villains and their various pop cultural interpretations, as well as how thrilled they are to part of the ever-expanding, ever-shifting mythology surrounding the Dark Knight. Cbr News: What got you excited about these iconic roles and being able to reinterpret them for a new generation? Robin Lord Taylor: Well, as an actor, the opportunity to play a role that everybody is aware of, and to follow in the »
- Scott Huver, Comic Book Resources
Superman Lives is one of the great (or not-so-great) lost movies of Hollywood. Back in the mid-90’s Tim Burton came onboard the project alongside star Nicolas Cage and screenwriter Kevin Smith. They actually got pretty far along in development (you’ve no doubt seen Cage’s infamous photo in the costume) before the whole thing fell apart. Now, filmmaker Jon Schnepp is attempting to brave the waters and figure out what happened with his upcoming documentary, The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened? The trailer for the film was unveiled last night at the San Diego Comic-Con and is actually pretty great, featuring many of the key players (no Cage though) in the debacle. Hit the jump for the The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened trailer and to find out more on how this intriguing film can become a reality. As you can see, Superman Lives was going »
- Evan Dickson
During the '90s, years before Superman Returns, Warner Bros. tried to make a Superman movie with Kevin Smith attached to write the script, Tim Burton attached to direct, and Nicolas Cage attached to play Superman. Obviously, this movie never happened. But from the ashes arose a documentary. The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? tells the story of the film's ups and downs and downs and features interviews with many people involved in the picture, including Burton and Smith. However, its original round of crowdsourced funding fell a bit short of what it actually needed, so director Jon Schnepp is asking for another $85,000 on FanBacked.com. To entice people, he released a full trailer. Watch below, and then spend your weekend just thinking about Nic Cage flying around without a care in the world. »
- Jesse David Fox
Week in Review rounds up the best of the rest of film and TV news hitting the web this week. Check out the rest of the Sos Blog for more news updates.
Unless your name is Edgar Wright, it’s hard to imagine a superhero movie of any caliber and pedigree not somehow getting made in today’s day and age.
And yet in 1997, that’s exactly what happened. Tim Burton, many years after the success of his original Batman, was attached to direct Superman Lives, originally starring none other than Nicolas Cage as everyone’s favorite Kryptonian and adapted from a screenplay by Kevin Smith.
Just how in God’s green Earth did this brilliant, strange mash-up of talents in a movie never come to light is the question behind a documentary currently in production, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
The film is being directed by Jon Schnepp, »
- Brian Welk
You don't have to be a hardcore Superman fan to enjoy this trailer for The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, about the Nicolas Cage Superman movie that never was. Filmmaker Jon Schnepp interviewed writer Kevin Smith and would-be director Tim Burton about why the 1996 film never came to fruition, despite its A-list star. This trailer gives a peek at what could have been, from Superman's bizarre suit to the spider creature he would have been fighting. Check it out, and take solace in the fact that at least we get to look forward to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Produced and directed by Jon Schnepp here's the trailer for the upcoming documentary The Death of Superman Lives; What Happenedc taking a look at the abandoned Superman movie with a screenplay by Kevin Smith to be directed by Tim Burton. And this isn't just some fanboy documentary, this actually has the participation of Burton, Smith and several others that were involved with the production including production designer Rick Heinrichs, screenwriter Wesley Strick, costume designer Colleen Atwood and more. The film, as this trailer shows, got quite far into pre-production as Nicolas Cage was set to star as Superman, in which he would have a mullet and a regenerative suit. Batman was set to cameo, Brainiac was going to be the villain and there was going to be a Doomsday battle set in an underground subway. Plenty of behind-the-scenes footage and art is included and it looks to be incredibly fascinating. »
- Brad Brevet
Anyone who loves Superman knows that director Tim Burton almost followed up his successful adaptation of Batman by bringing The Big Blue Boy Scout to the big screen as well. Nicolas Cage was once meant to play the superhero with a script from fanboy favorite filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was a weird production with the likes of Chris Rock playing Jimmy Olsen and Kevin Spacey once on board as Lex Luthor, way before Superman Returns came knocking at his door for the same role. Now the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (which we featured as a Kickstarter film in the beginning of 2013) explores what went wrong with the film, and we have the first trailer. Watch it below! Here's the first trailer for The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? from Jon Schnepp: The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? is directed by Jon Schnepp and »
- Ethan Anderton
Remember that time Nicolas Cage was going to be Superman?
In the long period between 1987’s Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and 2006’s Superman Returns, the Man of Steel was stuck in development hell, with several projects failing to launch. Of those projects, one of the strangest was 1996’s Superman Lives!, an adaptation of the Death and Return of Superman written by Kevin Smith (who has talked about this project before) and directed by Tim Burton.
Filmmaker Jon Schnepp has spent the past year making a Kickstarter-funded documentary on the failed project. In an effort to raise more funds »
- Joshua Rivera
“Jodorowksy’s Dune”—which, of course, focused on Alejandro Jodorowsky’s doomed “Dune” adaptation—was a riotous revelation that we instantly fell in love with (and ranked in our Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far). Following in its footsteps is the Kickstarter-funded “The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?” and the documentary’s first trailer premiered at Comic-Con and is now available to watch in the comfort of your own home. The Jon Schnepp-directed doc delves into the origins—and ultimate failure—of Tim Burton’s infamous Nicolas Cage-starring “Superman Lives” (check out our full feature on 5 Superman Movies That Were Never Made). Before shutting down, Burton’s film boasted the likes of Chris Rock (as Jimmy Olsen) and Kevin Smith (purely as the screenwriter), who looks to figure prominently in the documentary alongside Burton himself and other key members of the crew and production team. While the visual style of. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Superman Lives remains one of the industry's great what-ifs. At the very least, had it been released in the late nineties, it would have changed the entire genre of superhero filmmaking that we know today. But the production eventually petered out, leaving behind a sea of what-ifs and how-coulds. Filmmaker Jon Schnepp, however, isn't going to take "how could" for an answer! The trailer has been released for his documentary The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened? and it presents a load of goodies for any Superman fan. It was the nineties when Warner Bros., emboldened by the success of the Death of Superman comics, decided to bring the man of steel to the big screen. Their heavy hitter was Tim Burton, who had previously resurrected Batman for Warner Bros., and he'd be bringing along recent Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage. That wasn't nearly enough to bring the project to fruition, and »
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