USA Films has acquired “Truth, Justice and the American Way,” Paul Bernbaum’s original script about the man who portrayed TV’s “Superman,” George Reeves. Michael and Mark Polish will direct and produce, respectively, with Bernbaum serving as exec producer.
USA Films prexy of production Glenn Williamson brought the project into the studio and will oversee it.
Bernbaum’s script details both the botched investigation into Reeves’ mysterious 1959 death in Hollywood as well as, through flashbacks, the actor’s complex relationship with the iconic role that propelled him to stardom.
“Michael and Mark Polish are two of the most innovative young independent filmmakers on the scene today,” USA Films chairman Scott Greenstein said. “George Reeves’ life and death in Hollywood is explored in a manner that we think will fascinate and illuminate.”
USA Films prexy of production Glenn Williamson added: “There are a number of roles any actor would love to play. The story resonates not only as George Reeves’ story but also as the story of the detective on the case, and as a portrait of a moment in time where a whole generation lost its innocence.”
The Polish brothers have made the features “Twin Falls Idaho” and “Jackpot.”
Bernbaum is currently writing the “Confederates in the Attic” screenplay for USA Films; Bob Balaban and Oliver Platt are producing the pic.
USA senior veep of business affairs Howard Meyers negotiated the pact for the studio; Endeavor repped both the Polish brothers and Bernbaum.
Current and upcoming USA Films releases include Joel and Ethan Coen’s “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” Robert Altman’s “Gosford Park,” Mira Nair’s “Monsoon Wedding” and Neil LaBute’s “Possession.”