The New Phantom, er, Doesn’t Look like the Phantom at All

Well you knew they had to do it: the Sci Fi Channel is bringing back The Phantom, but it won’t be The Phantom fans grew up with. Instead, it’ll be one of those fandangled “re-imaginings” where in lieu of his skin-tight purple suit and mask, this new, younger Phantom will instead look like, well, an alien from outer space who wants to take a dip in your pool. Or possibly break into your house and steal your stereo.

Here are the new concept art for the new Phantom from SciFiWire. Ryan Carnes will be playing the new version of the Phantom. No wonder they hired a kid for the role. The Phantom in this new incarnation is basically a teenager.

The two-night mini-series will work as a backdoor pilot for The Sci Fi Channel, who may put the character into series if the ratings are good enough. It will star Carnes as the Phantom and co-star Isabella Rossellini as Lithia, the head of an experimental mind-control program, Cameron Goodman as Chris Walker’s love interest Renny, and Sandrine Holt as the Phantom’s trusted advisor, Guran.

And just to refresh your memory, here’s what the original Phantom looked like. So, yeah, I guess you can see why they had to radically re-design the costume. I’m not sure this would work in today’s environment.