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December 16, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 16, 2008 |

Here’s a real head scratcher: Despite the fact that the original was never particularly well received by critics and only made $17 million at the box-office, they’re nevertheless making a sequel to The Phantom with a planned $87 million budget. The Phantom Legacy will be filmed entirely in Australia, based on a script by Tim Boyle (The Plex). Billy Zane, presumably, won’t be back as the title character, but the purple spandex will return.

For the unfamiliar, The Phantom is a crimefighter who works out of the African jungle. Did I mention he wears a skintight purple costume? He was apparently descended from 20 previous generations of crime fighters, all of whom called themselves The Phantom. Let me say this again, just to convince myself of its veracity: He wears skintight purple and works out of the African jungle. He also has no superpowers, except perhaps for his ability to offend supervillians with his garish costume. No wonder they couldn’t get anyone better than Billy Zane for the original (though, word has it, he beat out Bruce Campbell for the part).

Though it is a sequel, the studio is taking more of a reboot approach — it’s set in the current day, so presumably The Phantom will be a next generation guy. They are set to make a more serious approach to the character, similar to Nolan’s approach with The Dark Knight. No one has been cast as the lead, though the studio is looking for an American actor who can pull off a skintight purple costume. May I suggest Clay Aiken?


He Will Slam Evil with His Brassy New Digs / Dustin Rowles

Industry | December 16, 2008 |

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