Frakes Rumoured To Be In 'Superman' Talks

By Michelle
May 9, 2003 - 5:06 PM

Star Trek: The Next Generation's Jonathan Frakes is said to be in discussions to helm an upcoming big-screen Superman film for Warner Bros.

According to Zorin, a source who claims to work on the set of Frakes' Thunderbirds currently shooting in London, the actor-director has had several meetings with Warner executives about possibly directing the new Superman feature. "From what I can gather Warners want to film a large majority of their Superman movie here at Pinewood," wrote Zorin at Superhero Hype (via Coming Soon).

The source added that Frakes had planned a rest after Thunderbirds and may not be eager to direct another big studio movie so soon.

Frakes directed several episodes of The Next Generation, on which he played Commander Riker, before helming the features Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection. He also directed Clockstoppers and numerous television episodes, including installments of Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Roswell and Diagnosis Murder.

The new Superman film was originally planned as a Tim Burton project but he left when production stalled. Numerous actors from Angel's David Boreanaz to That '70s Show's Ashton Kutcher have been rumored to have been tapped to play the titular hero but no one has been cast.

Smallville executive producer Al Gough told TV Guide this week that his show has been asked to avoid certain storylines that might overlap with the upcoming film.

This report should be treated as a rumor until Warner Bros. or a spokesperson for Frakes confirms it. The original item may be found here at Superhero Hype, and a report may be found here at Coming Soon.

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