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"The Fighter" Screenwriter's Next Round: A Superhero Flick

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"The Fighter" Screenwriter's Next Round: A Superhero Flick

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After scoring a knockout with director David O. Russell's "The Fighter," screenwriter Scott Silver (right) powers up a superhero film.

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The Fighter” screenwriter Scott Silver’s next big screen combatant is going to throw down, too – this time with superpowers.

“I'm finishing up something completely different, a superhero movie set in the future for Warner Brothers,” Silver told PopcornBiz. “It's an original superhero.”

Silver, who’s Oscar-nominated for “The Fighter’s” screenplay, said the genesis of the project arose during one of the now-fabled periods when plans to make “The Fighter” were temporarily knocked out.

“At some point when the movie fell apart – we had Brad Pitt attached and we couldn't get it made – I was like, 'I literally have the cliché of having a script that can't get made with Brad Pitt,’” says Silver. “’I have to do something that people want to get made.' So this producer Erwin Stoff and Francis Lawrence and I came up with a superhero based sort of on Samson set in the future. It's an original superhero and we were fortunate enough to sell it to Warner Brothers. I've been dealing with sci-fi shit and superhero stuff, which is all new to me.”

But Silver admits he’s not completely out of his element. “I am a comic book guy. I did some work on the first 'Wolverine.’ I love comic books and in some ways, because studios are making less dramas, there are a lot of dramatic elements and themes that you can get away with in a superhero movie, like Chris Nolan did in 'Batman', that you couldn't get away with in any other movie. You can do dramatic stuff if it's dealing with all superhero stuff, and that's what I wanted to try to do.”

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