Warner Bros Discovery Emerges as Frontrunner for $15 Million Sundance Docu ‘Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story’

PARK CITY, UTAH: Warner Bros Discovery is currently leading the bidding race to acquire the buzz-worthy documentary titled “Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story” at the Sundance Film Festival. Sources suggest that the deal, valued at $15 million, is set to close soon. The documentary delves into the life of the late actor, Christopher Reeve, who was best known for his iconic portrayal of Superman. It focuses on Reeve’s journey of finding strength and purpose through activism after a paralyzing equestrian accident. If Warner Bros Discovery secures the rights, it will mark a groundbreaking achievement for a documentary premiered at Sundance. While several other bidders have been vying for the film, it seems likely that it will find a home within the Superman film franchise, thereby adding to its appeal.

The Sundance documentary category continues to generate significant excitement, with multiple buyers also expressing interest in the road trip film “Will & Harper,” featuring Will Ferrell and Harper Steele. The latter surprised Ferrell by revealing that they identify as a trans woman.

Directed by Ian Bonhote and written by Bonhote, Peter Ettedgui, and Otto Burnham, “Super/Man” has garnered attention since its premiere on January 21 at The Ray Theatre. The filmmakers utilized never-before-seen home videos and personal archives to shed light on Reeve’s transformation from an unknown actor to an iconic screen superhero. The documentary showcases Reeve’s journey towards understanding heroism through his activism and resilience after the tragic accident left him quadriplegic and dependent on a ventilator.

Warner Bros Discovery’s strategy includes utilizing its ownership of the original “Superman” film, directed by Richard Donner and starring Reeve alongside Marlon Brando, to promote “Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story.” This collaboration would seamlessly align with the studio’s portfolio.

Cinetic is brokering the deal, and further announcements are eagerly anticipated as negotiations progress.