Helmer seeking a break between projects

Bryan Singer may not direct the remake of “Logan’s Run” after all.

Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver want to start lensing the sci-fi pic this fall, which would mean Singer might end up shooting two tentpoles — “Logan’s” and a “Superman Returns” sequel — back-to-back.

No one begrudges Singer for seeking a break from big-budget projects, although the filmmaker probably won’t make an official decision either way about “Logan’s Run” until “Superman Returns” bows in July.

Assuming Singer’s take on the Caped Crusader is a crowd-pleaser, Warners plans to start shooting the sequel in the later part of 2007, with Singer again at the helm.

Even if he doesn’t direct “Logan’s Run,” Singer is still likely to play some sort of role and perhaps take a producer’s credit. Silver has been developing the project for some time now, with input from Singer.

There’s been buzz that “V for Vendetta” director James McTeigue might step in and helm “Logan’s Run,” but at this point it’s just rumor.

There’s also no word yet on whether Singer might decide to direct a smaller film before the “Superman” sequel. One of his passion projects is “The Mayor of Castro Street,” about the assassination of San Francisco gay politico Harvey Milk.

“Mayor” recently migrated from Warners to Warner Independent Pictures, which has come under new leadership with the abrupt departure of Mark Gill.

Warner Bros. prexy of production Jeff Robinov wants the specialty arm to become a place where favored studio directors can take on such passion projects, and has dispatched top lieutenant Polly Cohen to run Warner Independent. Coincidentally, she was the studio exec on “Superman Returns.”

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