While Superhero Hype! and Cinescape first brought you the news that Stan Winston was on board and that ESC is creating the special effects, respectively, Variety has confirmed both scoops with the studio and says production on Superman could start before the end of the year...
Studio has tapped ESC Entertainment to serve as the lead visual effects house for the film, being targeted for a summer 2006 release.
"Superman" is expected to be an effects-heavy tentpole, but because the pic has yet to be greenlit, it is unclear just how many shots ESC will be creating. Kim Libreri will oversee the company's work on the film as visual effects supervisor..
Warner Bros. has also brought on board effects vet Stan Winston to design a prototype of Superman's suit. Winston currently serves as a consultant on the project.
Studio is hoping to begin production on "Superman" sometime before the end of the year, with McG directing from a script by J.J. Abrams.
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