Superman: According to Variety, Superman is dead, at least for now. Announced today, director Brett Ratner has decided to ditch the project in order to direct Rush Hour 3 for New Line Cinema.

Here's what Variety had to say:

In order to make his "Superman" deal last September, Ratner asked New Line if he could be released from their prior agreement that "Rush Hour 3" would be his next project. New Line gave its blessing, but with the understanding that the Chris Tucker-Jackie Chan action-comedy would follow thereafter.

New Line hopes to have a first draft from Richman in eight weeks.

As of Wednesday afternoon, according to his CAA reps, Ratner was still attached to "Superman." Later that day, Ratner's camp changed its tune, scrambling to release a statement late that evening.

Stated Ratner, "I have chosen to withdraw as director of 'Superman.' The difficulty of casting the role of Superman has contributed to my decision. I appreciate the efforts of Warner Bros. and the entire production team during this process."

Warners production president Jeff Robinov responded with his own statement: "We have tremendous regard for Brett's creativity and passion for this project and we understand that this was a very tough choice for him. We are disappointed but wish him the best in his future pursuits."

So now what's left? Despite the fact that Superman doesn't have it's leading actor, nor a director attached to the project now, a spokeswoman for Warner Bros. has stated that the studio is still going to be moving forward with the project.

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