New movie of The Phantom planned

News Simon Brew 1 May 2014 - 06:24

The Ghost That Walks, The Phantom himself, is heading back to the big screen. Without Billy Zane, we're guessing.

Ah, Billy Zane must look at this and wonder how things could have turned out differently. In a time when comic book and superhero movies weren't the dominant force at the box office - that'd be 1996 - he took on the role of The Phantom in Simon Wincer's big screen take on the character. Things did not go to plan, the film wasn't greatly received, and whatever plans were in place for a franchise were swiftly dumped when the box office numbers came in. We don't enough know if Mr Zane got to keep the costume.

However, The Phantom's big screen days may not be numbered. A recent television take on the character called upon the power of few viewers, and thus came and went in 2009. But The Tracking Board now reports that producer Mark Gordon is working on a new film take on the character.

It's early days: at this stage, the search is on for a writer to tackle The Phantom. We do wonder if there's a broader plan for a Defenders Of The Earth movie universe here. Probably not, but you never know...

More on The Phantom as we hear it.

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I thought that they managed to somewhat approach the look and feel of the earliest Phantom-comics in the 1996 movie, although they could have done it even better. I would like to see a really pulp-y action-movie about the Phantom, as well as other heroes of the era. For instance, I'd also want a Batman-movie set in 1939.

I actually thought the film was great (SPOILERS - apart from the whole laser beams from the skull ring thing.) The period setting really worked well, and Treat Williams hams it up like nobody's business...

let me guess the story, Mr. Phantom will be fighting crime in the 30's, where he receives a knock out bump on the noggin, only to wake up in the 21st century where he will fight crime along with a wise cracking sidekick.

A Batman movie set in 1939 is one of my movie dreams. I have a similar desire to see Superman set in the late 30s/early 40s in a Fleischer style animated movie.

Sounds cool, i actually like the 1996 movie quite a bit. Not a perfect movie but i liked the performances and the action felt just like an old serial had gotten access to modern techniques. Also Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Cheers :)

i like the Zane one. We all have our weaknesses.

A Defenders of the earth film is the best idea anybody has ever had! And it was mine!....we'll sort off when I watched the cartoons......20 years ago!

Defenders of the earth is so piss poor weak. Phantom needs some grit in his life. Some grit, and some flaws, and some radical rad-ness updated from Lee's values (let's not forget the radical elements *of his day* are no longer radical/edgy). And no laser skulls please. For the Phantom to grow into the hearts of the next generation, pissfarting about with a creepy deus x machina magician ain't gonna cut it.

uggh -- it's been done -- it's *being done*. The superhero genre needs fresh directions. You're all talking about roads traveled, and frankly being worn down to the nub. Re-enforces the Alan Moore mantra -- that geeks/fans should NEVER be in charge of story. All you have for reference is an inbred gene-pool of recycled ideas from your own tiny backyard of culture. Also: maybe the *comics* should be the prime inspiration -- as opposed to spin-off TV shows which were never really that good anyway???? God if they *do* make a defenders of the earth style thing, I will hold you all accountable.

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