Singer’s not ready to fly just yet

Helmer may film 'Milk' before returning to 'Superman'

A correction was made to this article on Nov. 6, 2006.

Bryan Singer‘s calendar is taking shape.

The filmmaker recently inked a deal with Warner Bros. to direct and produce a “Superman Returns” sequel, aiming for a summer 2009 release.

Does that timetable leave Singer enough time to direct another pic in the interim, either at Warners or another studio?

Probably not, according to those who know the meticulous filmmaker.

There was buzz that Singer might take a break before returning to the Man of Steel to direct a passion project, such as Warner Independent’s Harvey Milk biopic “The Mayor of Castro Street.”

Others wondered if Singer would decide to direct a remake of “Logan’s Run” after all, but that remains a no-go. (In fact, Warners has shelved the project for now, Singer or no Singer.)

One thing is for sure: Warners, still intent on making the Superman franchise soar, didn’t want to lose Singer to another project elsewhere. Hence the sequel deal, inked just as Singer’s “Superman Returns” crossed the $200 million mark at the domestic box office.

At the same time, Warners is adamant that it won’t make a sequel just for the sake of making a sequel, and that at this point, there isn’t even a story.

And it will be at least a few months before Singer has the time to give his full attention to the pic’s plotline.

His days are going to be taken up producing horror pic “Trick ‘r Treat,” which “Superman Returns” writer and collaborator Michael Dougherty is directing for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.

Fiercely loyal to those close to him, Singer will be on the set 24/7. Project is set to start lensing in the coming weeks.

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