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THE PHANTOM

A spokesperson for Crusader Entertainment told Comics2Film/CBR News that like"Mandrake the Magician" (which we reportedon 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 thefirst draft of the script for the film, which is expected to be completed inthe near future. 

"StevenDe Souza is a 'Phantom' junkie. He is passionate about the Phantom and wants tobe as loyal to the character as is possible," our source told us. "Themost important element of 'The Phantom' is his supposed immortality -- the ideathat a crime fighting 'responsibility' is passed down from generation togeneration.

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"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 whowalks," a legendary hero whose battle against the forces of evil has goneon for centuries. One of the challenges the filmmakers face is updating thealmost-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 remainingfaithful to the source material. Certain elements are being updated to appeal toa modern audience."

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The Phantom's trademark purple tights with the blue and black striped trunksmay be a particular hard sell. Crusader said the character will wear hiscostume, but it'll be an updated version of it.

Howard Baldwin's Crusader Entertainment and Ashok Armitraj's Hyde ParkEntertainment announced that they'd picked up the film rights to the classiccomic strip last fall. 

 

MAN-THING

Cameras may roll on Marvel and Artisan's "Man-Thing" movie thissummer according to a recent write-up at Fangoria.com.Marvel Studios Executive Vice President Kevin Feige said that filming istargeted to begin in Australia this year.

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"It's a very different kind ofmovie, a very small movie," Feige told Fango, adding that fans can expect"a very unique horror film."

Brett Leonard ("The LawnmowerMan") 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 ExtraordinaryGentlemen" movie can direct their browsers to LXGMovie.com.

The official website is up and running, featuring the usual round ofcharacter profiles, trailers, pictures and "telegrams" (otherwiseknown as e-mail greetings).

The film's producer, Don Murphy confirmed for IGNFilmForce that the name of the movie remains "The League ofExtraordinary Gentlemen," as has been recently reported. However, rumorspersist that the studio will be using the abbreviated "The League" inits promotional campaign.

 

TEEN TITANS

The Teen Titans animated series will preview on May 3rd according to ComicsContinuum. It won't be a full-episode screening, but rather selected clipsfrom the show displayed throughout the morning. The series actually bows inAugust.

And don't forget: after you watch the 'Teen Titans' clips, head over to youlocal comic book store because May 3rd is also FreeComics Day.

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