Shots fired. The Hollywood Reporter is in the news again for the wrong reason. This time, the publication has been lambasted for its declaration that it’s the first to interview famed American film producer Jon Peters in over a decade. In case you’ve been frozen for the past 50 years, Peters was the producer behind the failed Superman Lives film, which was set to be directed by Tim Burton and star Nicolas Cage as Clark Kent/Superman. Naturally, and possibly thankfully, the film didn’t see the light of day, and we received Superman Returns instead.
The website’s claim didn’t sit well with Jon Schnepp, the creator of the documentary The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?, which was released in 2015 and featured an interview with Peters. Schnepp took to his verified Twitter account to call out The Hollywood Reporter for false information and said the website is wrong and should give credit where it’s due to him and Holly Payne for their interview with Peters. Then, he went on a re-tweet blast to show others agreed with him, too.
— Jon Schnepp (@JonSchnepp) January 13, 2017
It didn’t stop there, though, as the documentary’s Twitter account got in on the action, and called for a retraction as well. Engaging with its followers, the account didn’t have many kind words for The Hollywood Reporter’s review of its film, saying, “when they reviewed our film in 2015, their facts were so off, we knew they hadn’t seen the whole thing.” Ouch.
— TDOSLWH (@TDOSLWH) January 12, 2017
Fans of the documentary have taken to Twitter in full force, demanding an apology or retraction from The Hollywood Reporter. However, to date, there’s been no comment from the website regarding these claims. Considering it’s been under fire from the Internet community recently, it’ll be interesting to see how this issue is addressed, or if it’s ignored.