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Wednesday, 21 January 2009

The Shadow knows when the remake will be

I'm a big fan of all things pulp and The Shadow is very much pulp. I love the old novels and the whole mythos around him. I even enjoyed The Shadow film starring Alec Baldwin. Therefore when it was mentioned a while back that there could be a new take on The Shadow heading to the big screens I was all ready to don my scarf and floppy hat and head down to the local picture house. Then it all went quiet.

Now MTV have some news on what could be happening with the new version.

Producer Michael Uslan’s had mentioned that he’d be offering fans a take on the character that’s more true to his roots. Then, when word got out that Sam Raimi was onboard as a fellow producer, fans knew this vision of The Shadow would be vastly different from the 1994 offering.

“I think the one thing going in is we all see The Shadow as more of a force of nature than a specific person in a secret identity,” Uslan told MTV in an exclusive interview. “The Shadow may actually be many people.”

“We’ve gone back to the pulp roots, the comic book roots of The Shadow, with a dash of the radio roots,” added Uslan. “But we’ve deeply ensconced ourselves in the world of pulps and comics.”

However, looks like it will still take a while before it goes into production.

“Sam [Raimi] and Josh Donen are my partners and we have it set up Sony, and a wonderful writer named Siavash Farahani who has worked for me before is writing the screenplay,” Uslan said. “It’s coming along great, we’re very excited about it. You know, it takes time to nurture these things. You probably know all the stories. The first ‘Batman’ film took me 10 years to get made.”

The above image by Howard Chaykin.
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Head Hero said...

I have met Michael Uslan and was able to get his autograph. That was an awesome day.
I remember him mentioning this then that he was teaming up with Sam Raimi to make a new "Shadow" movie. This is interesting news indeed.
I enjoyed the ol' 1994 Baldwin one, but I haven't seen that movie in almost 10 years...
And he told the whole story about how it took him 10 years to make "Batman."
Did I mention that was an awesome day? :]

Live for films said...

That sounds like a sweet, sweet day Head Hero