Watch: Trailer for Documentary on Nicolas Cage’s Unfinished Superman Movie

The Death of Superman Lives What

Nicolas Cage’s “Superman Lives” never got the chance to hit the big screen, but director/producer Jon Schnepp has released a full trailer for documentary, “The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?,” in an effort to raise the finishing funds for post-production.

The doc features footage from the original film’s early production, interviews with its director, Tim Burton, original screenwriter Kevin Smith and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, among many others.

Burton was attached to direct the film in 1997 but then dropped off the troubled project in 2000 because he got tired of both waiting and producer Jon Peters.

“I basically wasted a year,” Burton said of the experience. “A year is a long time to be working with somebody that you don’t really want to be working with (Peters).”

Originally budgeted at $190 million, “Superman Lives” reportedly cost Warner Bros. $30 million in development costs.

There’s no sign of Cage, the star of the film, in the documentary, but the trailer shows images of the actor in the Superman suit.

Schnepp is asking fans and contributors for another $85,000 for the finishing phase of the feature film on crowdfunding site 

Watch the trailer below:

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  1. Roy Munson says:

    I bet this documentary will be better than the actual movie would’ve been

  2. Doug in Madison says:

    Interesting idea, and possibly a good movie, but what a lousy trailer. The music overwhelms and obscures the dialogue.

  3. Horrible…the music is overpowering the clip.

  4. Scott Fielder says:

    Kevin Smith, Nick Cage and Tim Burton have more than enough money and marketing experience to make this film and sell this story… fuck them for begging for funds to make this when the could do a film on this budget out of pocket. I am very interested in seeing and hearing about his story. But don’t insult me by begging for money, when the lost boys of Sudan are still out there……

  5. Sara says:

    Maybe they should just let it go now….

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