Dougherty, Roth writing 'Origins' episodes

By Nellie Andreeva
"Heroes: Origins" is beefing up its creative roster with top behind-the-scenes talent.

"Superman Returns" co-writer Michael Dougherty and "Hostel" writer-director Eli Roth have each been tapped to write an episode of the anthology spinoff from NBC's hit sci-fi series.

Roth will also direct his episode, which introduces new characters as they discover their extraordinary powers.

Roth and Dougherty, both "Heroes" fans, join another big supporter of the show, Kevin Smith, who was previously set to write and direct an episode of the Universal Media Studios-produced "Heroes: Origins."

Dougherty, who also co-wrote "X2," recently made his directorial debut with the upcoming Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures horror movie "Trick 'r Treat," which he also wrote.

He is repped by WMA and manager Jim Strader.

Roth is repped by CAA.

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