Christopher McQuarrie has revealed that he pitched Warner Bros. not only on a Man of Steel sequel, but an interconnected Green Lantern film as well.
McQuarrie, who last wrote and directed Mission: Impossible – Fallout, opened up on Twitter recently about some of his failed movie projects. It all started with a question about a credit on IMDB saying he was attached to a film version of The Prisoner. He said that he was fired from that project long ago, but that prompted another user to ask about the Green Lantern project he was rumored to be working on.
“What about your attachment to Green Lantern? Is that BS or is it too complicated to explain?,” asked @arionblak. McQuarrie responded, “Too complicated to explain. It tied into the Superman movie that Cavill and I were proposing. No takers.” He went on to add, “The studios have never cared for my original ideas. They prefer that I fix their broken ones.”
He later clarified that Green Lantern was a written pitch, while the Man of Steel sequel was just a pitch.
In further clarification, he was asked if Warner Bros. had said “no” to the ideas, but as he explained it, they just never called him about them after the meetings.
There are several interesting tidbits to walk away with here. The fact that Henry Cavill was involved in another Superman pitch is interesting, and it would be amazing to know what that pitch was like. The other is if McQuarrie’s involvement is where those Tom Cruise as Hal Jordan rumors came from a few years ago. The two men are frequent collaborators, and are even scheduled for two more Mission: Impossible films together.
McQuarrie’s pitches are sure to have not been the only ones made on these films, but it’s still interesting to hear about who all has gone on and tried to make something happen. As it stands right now, there is no word on any Superman film being in any stage of production. Green Lantern was last said to be in the writing stage with Geoff Johns, but it has been some time since we heard any updates on that.