THE DEATH OF “SUPERMAN LIVES”: WHAT HAPPENED?
2015, Schneppzone/Super Skull Ship, 104 min, USA, Dir: Jon Schnepp

One of Hollywood's most enthralling “what if” stories concerns the proposed 1998 SUPERMAN LIVES film, which was to have been directed by Tim Burton, with Nicolas Cage starring as Superman. Through exclusive interviews with luminaries such as Tim Burton, Kevin Smith, Dan Gilroy, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Colleen Atwood, Steve Johnson and many others, and an array of unique source material including never-before-seen footage and artwork, this documentary provides an inside look into what might have become the most original, unexpected and cosmic Superman movie ever made.


JOE
2013, Roadside Attractions, 117 min, USA, Dir: David Gordon Green

Adapted from the acclaimed Larry Brown novel, this taut drama stars Nicolas Cage as Joe Ransom, an ex-con working for a lumber company, who is rarely far from trouble. But when he meets a teen (Tye Sheridan of MUD) who shoulders even heavier burdens, Joe sees an opportunity to be something greater in life and becomes the young man’s protector. Shot on location in Texas with nonprofessional actors rounding out the cast, JOE is among the grittiest and most powerful evocations of the blue-collar South ever filmed.


ADAPTATION.
2002, Sony Repertory, 114 min, USA, Dir: Spike Jonze

From the team who brought us BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, ADAPTATION is a brilliantly offbeat comedy starring Nicolas Cage as “Charlie Kaufman,” a confused L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration and self-loathing - and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother, Donald (also played by Cage). While struggling to adapt “The Orchid Thief” by Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Kaufman’s life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean and orchid poacher John Laroche (Chris Cooper), the subject of Orlean’s book, become strangely intertwined as each one’s search for passion collides with the others’.


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