Superman Producer, Ilya Salkind, to appear at Metropolis Superman Celebration Ilya Salkind, whose movie productions include Superman, Superman II, and Superman III, will be a special guest at the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois on June 10-13.
Salkind initiated the blockbuster Superman franchise, starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando and Margot Kidder, which became one of the most successful film franchises history. The Academy Award winning Superman: The Movie also has the distinction of being the first major comic book film adaptation ever made. Under his supervision, this film and its first two sequels became worldwide blockbusters. Salkind also produced, Supergirl, starring Helen Slater.
Mr. Salkind's first venture into television, Superboy, also proved successful, lasting four seasons for a total of 100 episodes and is now a huge hit on DVD. In the years following the success of Superboy, Salkind focused his energies on the youth oriented feature, Young Alexander the Great. During that period Salkind also executive produced, the Richard Donner cut of Superman II.
Salkind has been described as a "mega-producer" whose hallmark career highlights strong commercial creative vision and the skilled business acumen to deliver film and television production on-time and on-budget. He ranks among an elite group of producers whose films have generated more than $3 billion in adjusted worldwide revenue, with an adjusted average of $250 million per movie.
During the Metropolis Superman Celebration, Salkind will speak about his unique experience with the Superman movies and will be available to answer questions from fans.
Other special guests who will be are part of this year's Celebration are Smallville actors, Laura Vandervoort, who portrays Supergirl/ Kara and Sam Witwer, also known as Doomsday. And, the "First Lady of Metropolis" Noel Neill is scheduled to make a return trip to the festival where a statue of her portrayal as Lois Lane will be unveiled on June 11.
For more information about the Superman Celebration visit http://www.supermancelebration.net/ or call 800-949-5740. For information about Superman and other Metropolis attractions, visit http://www.metropolistourism.com/ or call 877-424-5025.