Last year, it was announced that "The Phantom" was being adapted into a four-hour miniseries on SyFy by "Carnivale" creator Daniel Knauf and his son Charles.
While still based on the classic comic strip hero created by Lee Falk, the new miniseries radically updates The Phantom's traditional costume and setting. The miniseries first aired in Canada at the end of December and has finally been put on SyFy's 2010 schedule.
According to a post on SyFy's official Twitter account (via Phantom Site), the two-part "Phantom" miniseries will air in June. The miniseries may also serve as a backdoor pilot for a TV series, depending upon the ratings and fan reaction. Read More...
Earlier this week, we brought you news that an Australian production company had picked up the rights to the classic comic book character "The Phantom" in the hopes to reboot a possible film franchise under the title "The Phantom Legacy," and that Tim Boyle had been tapped to write the script. Since then, Boyle has taken to his blog to talk about the news, and the first thing he wants fans to do is forget all about the 1996 version of "The Phantom."
"There's one thing I need to set straight as the reporting is incorrect. This film is NOT a 'Sequel,'" Boyle said on his MySpace blog. "It is a 're-launch' or 're-boot' of the comic franchise to the big screen. This film has nothing to do with the 1996 movie. I wanted to clear this up as people keep asking me this same questions." Read More...
Alrighty, true believers -- it's been yet another spectacular, fantastic and uncanny week in comic movie news. Here's a recap of some of the big stories we delivered:
- We kicked-off "Magdalena Week" here at Splash Page with actress and upcoming "Magdalena" film star, Jenna Dewan! Among the topics of conversation were super-heroine fashion, the possibilities of a Witchblade cameo, and the future of a "Magdalena" film franchise.
- Guy Pierce is interested in playing The Riddler...but under one condition.
- Brad Meltzer kicked off his campaign to save the "Superman House," and we showed off some beautiful exclusive art from the charity auction.
- Stan The Man wants to see a Dr. Strange movie, and who are we to deny him?
- Nic Cage had plenty to say in terms of his upcoming comic book flicks, first about the over-the-top violence in "Kick-Ass"...
- ...and then the return of "Ghost Rider" to the big screen.
- We showed off an exclusive preview of DC/WildStorm's "Fringe" tie-in comic, and spoke with the cast and crew about the highly-anticipated TV series.
- We spoke with "Buckaroo Banzai" creator Earl Mac Rauch about his slate of "Buckaroo Banzai" comics.
- Dark Horse Comics gave us an exclusive preview of their "My Name is Bruce" comic book tie-in.
- And we welcomed Splash Page co-editor Rick Marshall to the fold...hope he survives the experience!
Thanks for stopping by, everyone! We'll see you next week!
He was a surgeon, a rock star, a comic book hero, and he came from the ’80s. But enough about Rick Springfield. Buckaroo Banzai, the charismatic character from 1984’s cult favorite "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension"
(starring future Robocop, Peter Weller), achieved the above -- plus he practiced physics, raced cars, roughed-up aliens...all while donning Perry Ellis and Armani threads! Before you get all nerd-stalgic about the sequel that never was (read about "Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League" here), Moonstone Books has come in for the save, releasing brand-new comic-book stories about our favorite hipster adventurer.
“We’re just trying to keep it on — not life support — but we’re trying to grow an audience and see how much interest there is,” said "Buckaroo" creator Earl Mac Rauch, who scripted the movie and says he’s been too much of a perfectionist to ever take a crack at a sequel. But that’s starting to change: Last year, Rauch wrote a three-issue Buckaroo “prequel” called "Return of the Screw," and this fall finds two other tales on deck for release through Moonstone. Read More...