Although stalled by their government's pullback of film tax credits, Australian production company Sherlock Symington Productions continues to develop their previously announced "Phantom: Legacy" feature, based on creator Lee Falk's newspaper comic strip "The Phantom".
Bruce Sherlock, executive producer of Paramount's 1996 "Phantom" movie starring Billy Zane, is teamed with Howard Symington to produce "Phantom: Legacy" and was not involved with the 2009 Montreal-shot Syfy MOW, referred to on IMDB as "an abomination".
"Phantom: Legacy," a reboot of the comic strip character is planned as a big budget production, focusing on a "Father/Son relationship, and what it means to be The Phantom", said screenwriter Tim Boyle.
"The film will be set in the present day, dealing with the concept of destiny."Created as a newspaper filler by artist Falk in 1936, predating both 'Batman' and 'Superman' as the first costumed super-hero to appear in print, "The Phantom" origin starts with 'Christopher Standish', a cabin boy for explorer Christopher Columbus, who marries and becomes the captain of his own commercial vessel.
Swearing revenge against 'piracy and injustice', Kit fashions a costume and becomes a feared figure, sporting a skull ring that leaves an impression on his enemies, riding a ghost-white stallion accompanied by a red-eyed wolf.
"The Phantom" that appears in the current comic strip is Kit's 21st descendant.
The first 1940's 'Phantom' comic books were newspaper reprints published by Ace, King and Harvey comics. Other publishers included Charlton, DC and Marvel.
"Being able to bring the first masked comic superhero back to the big screen is an absolute honor," said Boyle.