Superman Returns writers Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris have opted out of penning the long gestating sequel to their hit film. According to Variety, Warner Brothers is currently accepting pitches from other screenplay writers interested in the job.

Word is, the studio is considering a completely fresh start. They will scrape any connection to the previous film, acting as if it never happened. Warner Brothers is apparently not happy with the introduction of Lois Lane's super powered son, as well as the less than stellar box office numbers the previous film garnered.

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Warner Brothers is denying these speculations, and state that Brandon Routh is likely to return for the sequel. One thing is for certain, the action quotient will be increased no matter what direction the screenplay goes. The film is currently taking a backseat to Justice League of America and may not see theater screens until 2010.

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