Variety reports that Superman Returns director Bryan Singer has engaged documentary director Kevin Burns to make Look Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman.
Singer, who is executive producing with Burns, is working with the studio on ambitious plans to get the feature-length documentary a theatrical release through a Warner Bros. distributor and a TV viewing before WB unveils Superman Returns on June 30.
“I have such an admiration for the evolution of the character and what Superman has represented over nearly eight decades,” Singer said. “I wanted a document that respects the legacy and the collective consciousness of Superman.”
While WB didn’t confirm distribution plans at this early stage of the game, Singer said his intention, based on discussions with the studio, is for the documentary to be used in several incarnations.
Aside from a limited theatrical window, a TV broadcast would show a cut of the film that includes a scene from the new movie. The documentary will also likely end up either on the DVD release of Superman Returns or in a free-standing DVD version.
“The two projects serve each other, and I think the time is right to tell a story of evolution and survival,” Singer said.
Burns, who has already done 40 interviews with artists and actors from the films and TV-series incarnations, said he’ll deliver the film by the end of April.
Filming wrapped on Superman Returns last month.