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"The Phantom" Sequel in the Works

Posted: December 15th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"The Phantom" Sequel in the WorksSubmit Comment
An Australian production company on Monday announced it had secured the rights to "The Phantom Legacy," a follow-up to the 1996 film, "The Phantom," which starred Billy Zane as the masked hero who fights evil from his jungle headquarters.

The latest adaptation, which is expected to cost $87 million, will focus on "the Father/Son relationship, and what it means to be The Phantom," scriptwriter Tim Boyle said in a statement. "The film will be set in the present day and will deal with the concept of destiny."

Producer Bruce Sherlock, who also served as executive producer of the first Phantom movie, said the new film will be a marked improvement over its predecessor, which received mixed reviews. "It has the makings of a blockbuster," Sherlock told The Associated Press. "There's some surprises that will thrill the Phantom fans worldwide."

The movie will likely be shot entirely in Australia, with production set to begin within six to nine months, Sherlock said. Producers are in talks with several "top talent" Australian and American actors.

The Phantom began as a daily newspaper comic strip by Lee Falk in 1936. The protagonist alter ego Kit Walker is the 21st in a family of men who have passed the task of fighting injustice onto their sons. The first Phantom took the job to avenge his father's death at the hands of pirates.

Source: The Associated Press


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PrevalentMind writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 2:07:04 PM

the last film was great- it was simply the look that turned off viewers who had just seen high tech looks for Batman. The problem revolved around giving a style to a styless hero and having him turn out looking like a purple Space Ghost. Plus wrong material for the time...He gets this modern rubber suit in the 20's? Come on...the film is still action packed and a great adventure film once you get over how lame the guy looked. Zane would have been huge...
PrevalentMind writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 2:09:09 PM

Same thing with The Shadow in 94. Great film- no audience...We we moving into the digital age of high tech gimmicks. No one was in the mood for going back. We wanted flashier and gimmickier and god dammit we got... we still got... we cant get rid of it!
AshTrey writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 4:34:40 PM

WHy GOd WHY
OLK writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 8:08:39 PM

Only With Zane!
thedotsays writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 10:42:14 PM

Zane's one of the most overrated; underrated actors out there. Folks give him way too much credit. A Phantom movie would work if they developed some type of filming style that gave it a modern 20's look.
Space_Ghost11 writes:
on December 15th, 2008 at 11:51:26 PM

I say, CHECK MATE! the last film was awesome! havent watched it in forever but I remember it well
Johnny Neat writes:
on December 16th, 2008 at 8:24:56 AM

The Phantom and The Shadow were fun movies. I guess audiences just wanted Hollywood to get to the stage of the Matrix and we got it. Sadly people can;t appreciate things for what they are.
ASK writes:
on December 16th, 2008 at 2:07:51 PM

The failure of the first film and The Shadow was not due to the fact that we live in a digital age. It's because they were obscenely campy and couldn't be taken seriously on any level. End of story.
PrevalentMind writes:
on December 17th, 2008 at 8:49:32 AM

haha f*ck off-PERIOD. I can see the intentional camp in The Phantom especially during the plane raid and the climax...but The Shadow is not even close to campy- it started dark and violent and it stayed dark and violent the entire runtime. We HAVE seen these movies...
PrevalentMind writes:
on December 17th, 2008 at 9:04:58 AM

the Biggest Hits of 94: Forrest Gump, cutting edge digital animation of the Lion King, The Flintstones, The Mask, True Lies/ Failures of 94: The Shadow, Wyatt Earp, and almost every family film that wasn't the Lion King.... Biggest Hits of 96: Independence Day, Twister, The Nutty Professor, Mission Impossible, 101 Dalmations/ Failures of 96: Last Man Standing, Fled, Extreme Measures, The Phantom, Flipper..................Yeah......digital effects didnt start a trend among audience expectations at all....cough...get the f*ck out of here. lol

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