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'Superman' Directors Shortlist: Darren Aronofsky in, Ben Affleck out

September 28, 2010 (6:29 am) GMT
The 'Black Swan' helmer is said in talks about directing the movie, while the 'Town' helmer is reportedly no longer pursuing it.
'Superman' Directors Shortlist: Darren Aronofsky in, Ben Affleck out

Christopher Nolan is still searching someone to lead the next "Superman" movie and another name has been thrown as the contender. According to Los Angeles Times, Darren Aronofsky has been added to the shortlist of possible directors for the movie.

Sources tell the site that Nolan has had discussions with Aronofsky about the job. The Hollywood Reporter (THR) affirms the news by saying the "" helmer is still in active talks, but notes that "it's early".

Still in the same news, THR reports that is out of the contention to direct the new Superman film. The actor-turned-helmer, who recently received praises for his work on "", was reportedly among the short list which include Duncan Jones, Jonathan Liebesman, Matt Reeves, Tony Scott and Zack Snyder, but he is no longer pursuing it.

Meanwhile, some of them have responded to rumors which linked them to the big project. The man behind "", Reeves, told IGN, "I was surprised.... I really have no idea if any of that is true. It's certainly an amazing project, but I would be surprised," while "" helmer Jones tweeted, "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!"

Nolan is reportedly looking for a director who is able to handle the elaborate production and willing to collaborate for the project, tentatively called "The Man of Steel". He is expected to submit his choice to the studio within the next few weeks. The upcoming superhero movie has a script written by David Goyer.

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