“SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL” lands in Chicago in early summer for a reported 12 weeks of prep and 12 weeks of filming. The Warner Bros. blockbuster-budgeted adventure/fantasy stars handsome, young Brit star Henry Cavill (“The Tudors”) as the Caped Crusader and feisty Amy Adams (“The Fighter”) as smart, tough, warm ambitious and adoring Lois Lane.
Diane Lane and Kevin Costner play Superman’s earthborn adoptive parents, Marthan and Jonathan Kent. As for the villain opposing Superman, there’s reportedly interest in Michael Shannon (“Boardwalk Empire”).
Zack Snyder (“Sucker Punch,” “Watchmen,” “300”) is directing the franchise reboot from a screenplay by David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Unborn”).
Producer/director Christopher Nolan, who was brought in as a creative consultant to help develop the project, is one of the producers. He is no stranger to Chicago, having turned it into Gotham City for “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight.”
THE EDIT ROOM. After more than four years at Foundation Post, editor Tom Pastorelle joined The Colonie, bringing the number of staffers of the two-and-a-half year old editorial boutique to 15, reports The Colonie editor/partner Bob Ackerman.
Prior to joining Foundation, Pastorelle spent 11 years at Cutters. His current work includes Hampton Inns, S.C. Johnson products and Salon Selectives.
Joining Foundation on April 4 after a decade-long run at The Whitehouse is Christina Stumpf, who has edited campaigns for major advertisers, including MillerCoors, Orbitz, Cadillac, Sears and Office Max – whose web video, “Jewelry,” was shortlisted at the Cannes advertising festival.
THE “PLAYBOY” PILOT PRODUCERS lucked into finding a frozen-in-amber 1960s interior décor and furnishings at Cinespace. It seems that the Ryerson employees left all their perfect period office and foyer furnishings behind when they left the plant some years ago.
The “Playboy” pilot is set in the late Swingin’ Sixties, with scenes taking place at the fabled Playboy Mansion on North Dearborn and the first Playboy Club on East Walton.
HELP WANTED. Chicago native Paolo “PC” Cascio, who returns here for the April 12-20 Geneva Film Festival, where one of his films is screening, is seeking industry experts for a workshop and panel fest director Scott Rolf has asked hin to lead on April 16.
For the past decade Cascio has lived in Hollywood where he’s a leading cinematographer, and doesn’t know a lot of local film folks anymore.
“We’re looking for directors, producers, editors, production designers, sound mixers, art directors, writers, vendors, agency people (camera, lighting, post, stages) who’d be interested in joining us,” he says.
“Ideally, if we had five or six key people of various positions we’d be pretty set, but as you know, it’s a Saturday, it’s 9 a.m. and it’s far suburban Geneva.”
Nevertheless, if you’d like to join the event, Email Cascio.
JOINING THE FIGHT to persuade the state Senate to vote “no” on SB4 to save Illinois tax incentives are AFTRA/SAG and Women in Film. Both are urging members to write or call their state senators and voice their opposition to the bill.