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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Phantom Legacy, Thor, TV DVD News, Near Dark, Stargate Universe, Comic Previews

The Phantom Legacy reports here that Australian producer Bruce Sherlock's production company has secured the rights to the follow-up to the 1996 film "The Phantom." Sherlock says: "It has the makings of a blockbuster. There's some surprises that will thrill the 'Phantom' fans worldwide." The adaptation is to cost $87 million. Screenwriter Tim Boyle said: "It will focus on "the Father/Son relationship, and what it means to be The Phantom. The film will be set in the present day and will deal with the concept of destiny."


Kenneth Brannagh spoke here to MTV about his 2010 film. Brannagh said: "I am directing Thor or The Mighty Thor as you might like to call it. I think it will (just) be Thor. To work on a story about one of the immortals, Gods, extraordinary beings, inter-dimensional creatures. There’s science fiction and science fact and fantasy all woven into one. It's based on Norse legends which Marvel sort of raided in a brilliant way." About casting: "There's been lots of talk - I sound like a politician - but we are too early at this stage. We're getting the story and the visual effects together and all of that is very exciting. Someone sensational is going to play the part but it is early days."

TV DVD News has posted info about "The Beverly Hillbillies" (Season 3) here, "Friday the 13th: The Series" (Season 2) here, "Ben 10: Alien Force" (Season 1, Vol. 3) here, "Tripping the Rift" (Season 3) here, "Dexter" (Blu-ray 1st Season) here, "Blossom" (Seasons 1 & 2) here.

Near Dark

Empire Online reports here that producer Brad Fuller believes that the remake of the 1987 film may have been killed by "Twilight," saying: "I think that Twilight was the same type of thing we were going for although Near Dark was a much darker, sexier, rated R version of that. But I'm concerned that, conceptually, that Near Dark and Twilight are too similar in terms of a vampire movie. For now, that movie is on hold . . . with the success of that film, we would not measure up. It's not the right time to make that."

Stargate Universe

The Hollywood Reporter says here that Robert Carlyle will play the lead in the new Sci Fi Channel series . The Channel's Original Programming Chief Mark Stern said: "Robert Carlyle brings a depth, intelligence and complexity to his roles, which will fit perfectly with the fresh, new reinvention of this franchise."

Comic Previews
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Spider-Man Noir #1,

Thor God-Size Special #1,

Thunderbolts #127,

What If? Newer Fantastic Four,

Mighty Avengers #20,

Avengers: The Initiative #19,

& Moon Knight #25

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