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‘The Phantom’ walks again. ‘Man-Thing’ update. ‘LXG’ online. ‘Titans’ preview: Comics2Film Wrap for April 24th, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment

THE PHANTOM

A spokesperson for Crusader Entertainment told Comics2Film/CBR News that like
“Mandrake the Magician” (which we reported
on
yesterday), progress is being made on the movie adaptation of Lee Falk’s
“The Phantom.”

Screenwriter Steven De Souza (“Die Hard”) is hard at work on the
first draft of the script for the film, which is expected to be completed in
the near future. 


“Steven
De Souza is a ‘Phantom’ junkie. He is passionate about the Phantom and wants to
be as loyal to the character as is possible,” our source told us. “The
most important element of ‘The Phantom’ is his supposed immortality — the idea
that a crime fighting ‘responsibility’ is passed down from generation to
generation.

“Our hero will be the contemporary incarnation of the classic Phantom,
and will bring his own unique personality and skill set to the table.”

Created in 1936, Falk’s Phantom strip tells the story of “the ghost who
walks,” a legendary hero whose battle against the forces of evil has gone
on for centuries. One of the challenges the filmmakers face is updating the
almost-seventy-year-old character for today’s moviegoers. 

“That was the biggest issue for us,” the spokesperson told C2F.
“We have worked hard to create a contemporary Phantom while remaining
faithful to the source material. Certain elements are being updated to appeal to
a modern audience.”

The Phantom’s trademark purple tights with the blue and black striped trunks
may be a particular hard sell. Crusader said the character will wear his
costume, but it’ll be an updated version of it.

Howard Baldwin’s Crusader Entertainment and Ashok Armitraj’s Hyde Park
Entertainment announced that they’d picked up the film rights to the classic
comic strip last fall. 

 

MAN-THING

Cameras may roll on Marvel and Artisan’s “Man-Thing” movie this
summer according to a recent write-up at Fangoria.com.
Marvel Studios Executive Vice President Kevin Feige said that filming is
targeted to begin in Australia this year.

“It’s a very different kind of
movie, a very small movie,” Feige told Fango, adding that fans can expect
“a very unique horror film.”

Brett Leonard (“The Lawnmower
Man”) is set to direct the movie from a script by Hans Rodionoff
(“Clive Barker’s Saint Sinner”).

Thanks to Sprout for the lead.

 

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN

Fans looking for cool stuff from the upcoming “The League of Extraordinary
Gentlemen” movie can direct their browsers to LXGMovie.com.

The official website is up and running, featuring the usual round of
character profiles, trailers, pictures and “telegrams” (otherwise
known as e-mail greetings).

The film’s producer, Don Murphy confirmed for IGN
FilmForce
that the name of the movie remains “The League of
Extraordinary Gentlemen,” as has been recently reported. However, rumors
persist that the studio will be using the abbreviated “The League” in
its promotional campaign.

 

TEEN TITANS

The Teen Titans animated series will preview on May 3rd according to Comics
Continuum
. It won’t be a full-episode screening, but rather selected clips
from the show displayed throughout the morning. The series actually bows in
August.

And don’t forget: after you watch the ‘Teen Titans’ clips, head over to you
local comic book store because May 3rd is also Free
Comics Day
.