Last August, Brett Ratner told us that his live-action adaptation of "Youngblood" was still in the script phase. Nine months later, that's where the project still stands.
"I'm working on the script," the director told MTV News. "'Youngblood will be something I do in the future, whether it's next year or whatever."
At the moment, Ratner is pushing forward with his next directorial gig, "Tower Heist," for which he's hoping to lock down Ben Stiller, and developing 'Youngblood' with an eye toward turning it into an enduring big screen franchise.
"I'm never going to do another 'X-Men' obviously, and I'm not doing any more with 'Rush Hour,'" he explained. "But to do a new franchise, I don't care what the budget is — even if it was small — but it would be exciting because then I could start my own franchise. I could do what Bryan [Singer] did with 'X-Men.'"
"I've been in a lot of things – 'God of War,' which didn't work out, 'Conan the Barbarian,' which didn't work out," Ratner continued. "So I'm interested in comic books. I grew up reading comic books. Even though all the rumors said, 'Oh, Brett didn't read comics,' but I read 'Batman' and 'Superman.' 'Superman' was my favorite comic, which is why I was first attached to make 'Superman.' 'Youngblood,' obviously, I discovered later in life and I just fell in love with it."
Without a finished script in place, Ratner said, he's "not at the casting phase yet." But he went on to splash a little cold water on an earlier bit of juicy casting speculation he tossed our way back in August: that he was hoping to cast "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson as one of the "Youngblood" crew of government-sanctioned superheroes.
"I was just throwing a name out there because he was hot," he said. "When we get the script, then I'm going to go to the best actor for the role."
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