'Heroes' spinoff writ large

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"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 each have been tapped to write an episode of the anthology spinoff from NBC's hit sci-fi series.

Roth also will direct his episode of the series, 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 also is 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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