Producer David Permut and Citadel Entertainment have teamed to develop and produce a film version of “Hollywood Kryptonite: The Bulldog, the Lady and the Death of Superman,” the 1996 nonfiction book about the mysterious death of TV’s original Superman, George Reeves.
Permut, through his production banner Permut Presentations, will co-produce the pic with Citadel’s David R. Ginsburg and Mark Sennet. Whoopi Goldberg — whom Permut credits with championing the book and bringing it to the producers’ attention — will serve as exec producer.
Written by Sam Kashner and Nancy Shoenberger, “Hollywood Kryptonite” details the evidence left by the late Hollywood scribe and MGM exec Sam Myer concerning the death of Reeves in 1959 — concluding that Reeves was murdered by a man named Eddie Mannix, and did not commit suicide, as reported.
Permut, who produced Par’s current Nicolas Cage-John Travolta starrer “Face/Off,” said the parties are working to attach a writer and possibly a director before going out to studios.
” ‘Hollywood Kryptonite’ exposes many dark secrets of one of America’s long-standing heroes,” said Permut. “I was completely in awe while reading this book and I believe audiences will be just as captivated by the feature film.”
Although Reeves gained widespread popularity for his role as the Man of Steel in the ’50s syndicated series, his roots began in feature films such as “Gone With the Wind,” “From Here to Eternity,” “Winged Victory” and a number of Hopalong Cassidy films with William Boyd. Reeves was 45 when he died, and many attributed his death to an increase in drinking, mixing with a seedy crowd and his inability to escape his TV image as Superman.