Mediocre Phantom Movie Gets (Probably) Mediocre Sequel

9 Comments

I don’t remember “The Phantom” at all, except that it starred Billy Zane pre-“Titanic” and was about a guy in a mask and skin-tight purple outfit who fights crime in the jungles. (Yes, purple tights in the jungle. Makes perfect sense to me, too.) The movie wasn’t so hot, which is why I probably don’t remember all that much about it, except the Phantom eventually had to come to the city and fight some gangster types. In his purple skin-tight outfit. And mask. Ahem. So now an Australian company has secured rights to The Phantom’s cinematic escapades and plans a sequel (but probably a reboot, as is the fashion nowadays) with “blockbuster” potential. The whole shebang will cost them an expected $87 million. I hope that’s not in dollars, cause that’s a mighty big chunk of change for a sequel to a movie no one cared about 10 years ago.

The AP has your mediocre news:

Fans of the skintight purple suit rejoice: the Phantom is back. 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.”

I don’t remember what exactly happened in the 1996 movie, but I know it involved some kind of crystal or see-through skull, and that Bruce Campbell wrote about how he was up for the lead in his book “If Chins Could Kill”. Campbell wrote how he thought he would get the part, but ended up losing out to Zane because the studio didn’t think Campbell could carry a franchise.

As it turns out, hiring Campbell might have given the movie the franchise status it needed, as Campbell is now way more popular than Zane among fandom. I don’t think there are conventions where people would line up to get Billy Zane to autograph their girlfriend’s breasts, and if there was, I’d be terrified to attend such an event with such freaks.

Update: Tim Boyle, who is scripting “The Phantom” sequel/remake/whatever, says via his Myspace site that his movie will not be a sequel, but rather one of those ever-popular reboot/remakes.

Well, it’s officially out there. Yes, we’re doing a ‘Phantom’ film.

But there’s one thing I need to set straight as the reporting is incorrect.

This fim is NOT a ‘Sequel’. It is a ‘re-luanch’ 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.

I’ll post back in a while to keep you updated.

Be well, take care…

Tim

Feel better, Phantom fans? No? Oh well.

Below: “Did someone say sequel? Sha-weet! Guy can’t live on ‘Titanic’ money all his life, you know…”

Author: Nix

Editor/Writer at BeyondHollywood.com. Likes: long walks on the beach and Kevin Costner post-apocalyptic movies. Dislikes: 3D, shaky cam, and shaky cam in 3D. Got a site issue? Wanna submit Movie/TV news? Or to email me in regards to anything on the site, you can do so at nix (at) beyondhollywood.com.
  • http://myspace.com/hulksmashnow Brad L. Wooldridge

    Well, the Phantom has been around longer than Superman, Batman, or Spider-Man in one form or another, so I guess maybe a few people like him and the fact that he wears purple tights and fights crime in the jungle. The ’96 film wasn’t bad, but suffered from the same problems as “Dick Tracy” and “The Shadow,” where the target audience really had no idea who he was. I imagine “The Spirit” ala Frank Miller, will suffer the same fate. Besides, it looks pretty crappy, too…

  • http://myspace.com/hulksmashnow Brad L. Wooldridge

    Well, the Phantom has been around longer than Superman, Batman, or Spider-Man in one form or another, so I guess maybe a few people like him and the fact that he wears purple tights and fights crime in the jungle. The ’96 film wasn’t bad, but suffered from the same problems as “Dick Tracy” and “The Shadow,” where the target audience really had no idea who he was. I imagine “The Spirit” ala Frank Miller, will suffer the same fate. Besides, it looks pretty crappy, too…

  • http://myspace.com/hulksmashnow Brad L. Wooldridge

    Well, the Phantom has been around longer than Superman, Batman, or Spider-Man in one form or another, so I guess maybe a few people like him and the fact that he wears purple tights and fights crime in the jungle. The ’96 film wasn’t bad, but suffered from the same problems as “Dick Tracy” and “The Shadow,” where the target audience really had no idea who he was. I imagine “The Spirit” ala Frank Miller, will suffer the same fate. Besides, it looks pretty crappy, too…

  • http://www.gopsux.com/ anonymous

    well there are two directors in the running for this movie. the film is going to be $100 million and it will be more of a dark movie like all the superhero movies of the last 5 years. The moron who wrote the first film is not writing this one. Someone who has already has 4 successful movies prior to this feature wrote the script and is in the running to be director.

    Billy Zane was also left intentionally out of the running for the movie. without a doubt it will be better than the 90’s version. They barely made back their investment with the first film, so you know this one is already going to be better than the first because who would be so stupid to put their money into a flop unless some significant things have changed to make a better financial outcome.

  • http://www.gopsux.com/ anonymous

    well there are two directors in the running for this movie. the film is going to be $100 million and it will be more of a dark movie like all the superhero movies of the last 5 years. The moron who wrote the first film is not writing this one. Someone who has already has 4 successful movies prior to this feature wrote the script and is in the running to be director.

    Billy Zane was also left intentionally out of the running for the movie. without a doubt it will be better than the 90’s version. They barely made back their investment with the first film, so you know this one is already going to be better than the first because who would be so stupid to put their money into a flop unless some significant things have changed to make a better financial outcome.

  • http://www.gopsux.com anonymous

    well there are two directors in the running for this movie. the film is going to be $100 million and it will be more of a dark movie like all the superhero movies of the last 5 years. The moron who wrote the first film is not writing this one. Someone who has already has 4 successful movies prior to this feature wrote the script and is in the running to be director.

    Billy Zane was also left intentionally out of the running for the movie. without a doubt it will be better than the 90’s version. They barely made back their investment with the first film, so you know this one is already going to be better than the first because who would be so stupid to put their money into a flop unless some significant things have changed to make a better financial outcome.

  • Communityd3

    You need to read some books, if you want to give opinions how something makes no sense or not.

    The Phantom isen`t Batman, he blends in the shadows due to his training, the purple got nothing to do with it, it got a symbolic meaning.

  • Tvidalq

    I like Billy Zane as phantom ! There should be a second part with the same crew!.. For me it was a good movie with this mitical hero…TarsoV

  • Joseph Moran Jr.

    My opinion is simple and consistent, some people cut criteria and who do not appreciate art or literature, intended to say without measuring their ideas, The Phantom contains basic values, seeking to reflect the good vs. evil.
    I think the actual Phantom movie was very emotional and many interesting film for those who appreciate work and effort that Hollowood people do and are millions of people who appreciate this.
    go forward to the continuation of the ghost I’m sure will be a very good and best continuation, I’ll be looking forward to the continuasion, Congratulatios…