[WATCH] Regina Kings learns she is shortlisted to direct the new ‘Superman’ picture – Deadline
During an MSNBC interview on Saturday, Regina King learned live on the air that she may be considered as a director of an upcoming Superman movie for Warner Bros. and DC.
It was The Cross Connection’s Tiffany Cross who first brought the rumor to King’s attention. “I’m curious because that’s a bit of gossip. Rumor has it that you are shortlisted to direct Superman. You and Barry Jenkins, both names got thrown out of there, ”said the MSNBC host. “Do you want to tell us something? Any news you can post about these conversations this morning? “
“Tiffany, this is news for me. You brought me the news, ”King laughed. “A news break, live on MSNBC!
“Yeah, no, I haven’t heard that yet,” she continued, looking a little baffled.
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At this point, any discussion of King’s involvement in Superman is purely speculative. According to The Hollywood Reporter and other outlets, she is one of a number of high profile directors being considered for the recently announced superhero project being written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, with JJ Abrams and Hannah Minghella as producers. Others reportedly discussed as directors for the project include Jenkins, Ryan Coogler, Steven Caple Jr., JD Dillard, and Shaka King. According to THR, Warner Bros. and DC are pledging to hire a black director for the project as it will be the first to ever center around a black Superman.
Superman rumors about King follow announcement that she will be staging an adaptation of the image comics series Bitter Root for Legendary. Last year the actress made her directorial debut with One Night in Miami …, an adaptation of the acclaimed Kemp Powers play that received three Academy Award nominations including Best Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, and Original Song.
Check out King’s entire conversation with Cross below.