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

Thu, April 24th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist


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.


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


"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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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