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Monday, 23 March 2009

Holy Billy Zane - The Phantom may become a TV series.

A while back I mentioned that the old comic book character, The Phantom was going to have another chance at the big screen thanks to an Australian film company, producer Bruce Sherlock, and writer Tim Boyle. It is doubtful that Billy Zane would get a chance to Slam Evil again (what a dreadful tagline that was). However, now it looks like he’ll be getting the small-screen treatment too, thanks to the Sci-Fi (soon to be renamed SyFy - what a dreadful rebrand that is) channel.

According to The Hollywood Reporter (via MTV), “The Phantom” is getting a fresh take in a Sci-Fi miniseries. Rather than be daunted by the character’s past cinematic failures, producer Robert Halmi Jr. sees it as a chance to redefine the character.

“That there hasn’t been a successful ‘Phantom’ leaves the door wide open for us,” said Halmi, “since nobody has made it their own yet.”

Sci-Fi was drawn to the masked man because of his realistic setting, and lack of superpowers. “It’s not a guy in purple tights,” notes Mark Strong, Sci Fi channel executive. If the miniseries does well, Sci-Fi may turn it into an ongoing series in the hopes that they can fill the void left by “Battlestar Galactica.”

A film and a TV series. Both mean the Ghost who walks will be back in the public eye, but which one would you want to see the most? Who should be the Phantom?

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