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SUPERMAN 1978 MOVIE CONTRACT DC FILE COPY Memorabilia
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Lost 1974 File Copy of Original DC/Warner Superman Deal for Rights to 1978 Movie
lost 40-page file copy detailing percentages, payments, approved characters, and approval of casting
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A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION
Lost 1974 File Copy of Original DC/Warner Superman Deal for Rights to 1978 Movie
lost 40-page file copy detailing percentages, payments, approved characters, and approval of casting



On July 8, 1975, producer Ilya Salkind announced that he had paid $3 million for the film rights to make a Superman movie. This carefully preserved file copy of his deal with Warner Bros. and National Publications—prepared to be dated in 1974—reveals many secrets of one of showbiz's biggest deals to date!

This includes internal wrangling that clears up several rumors about the massive negotiations between National Periodical Publications and Salkind's production company—including claims that Warners had mistakenly signed away the rights for Salkind to use other DC superheroes. ("We could've had Wonder Woman in a Superman movie," Salkind once boasted.) This document confirms, however, that Warners had strictly defined the producers' rights to the "Superman Family." Sadly, Salkind never got around to adding the characters of Krypto and Inspector Henderson over the course of his five-film franchise.

This original 40-page contract also breaks down the payment schedule to National, and reveals the extent to which the DC bosses sought control of the finished production. Unlike later versions of this contract, National isn’t listing approved actors and actresses by name. The contract still establishes one strict rule: “Purchaser agrees that it will not engage artist to portray any of the above roles which artists have, at the time of casting, established their reputation by habitually and generally appearing in pornographic pictures.”





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