With just over two months to go before cameras start rolling, not one but two writers have been brought in to rewrite the script for the Superman reboot Man of Steel.
According to Moviehole, a source close to the production says that screenwriter David Goyer, who wrote the script for director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan, is too busy working on the new version of Godzilla to do some additional work on Man of Steel.
So first it was handed off to Nolan's brother Jonathan, who co-wrote The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises with his big brother. But now it's been passed along to Kurt Johnstad, who is apparently Snyder's go-to guy for script help. Johnstad worked on 300 and its upcoming sequel, 300: Battle of Artemisia.
What does all this mean? Well, additional work on a movie script is nothing new, and it's not unusual for a different scribe to get the job if the original screenwriter has moved to something else. Rumor has it that the third act of Man of Steel has some problems, but it's unknown whether that is all that needs to be changed.
It may not even set off any alarm bells that the script is still in the shop at this stage, but if the Sept. 21 production start date draws closer and the script is still not finished, then you might see some worried faces around Warner Bros. Pictures. Movies that have started filming without a complete screenplay include Spider-Man 3 and Iron Man 2 ... not exactly examples that inspire confidence.
And remember, the studio must get this movie into production and out by December 2012, because soon after that Superman is likely to get snarled in a legal rights battle than even he might not be able to win.
Does this news concern you? Can you imagine starting to make a gigantic superhero film and not having the script nailed down?