Rumor of the day: Pulp hero The Phantom getting a big-screen reboot

With just about every classic comic book getting a shot at the big screen these days, it looks like classic pulp hero The Phantom might also get one more shot at box-office fame.

It’s just a rumor at this point, but The Tracking Board is reporting producer Mark Gordon (Source Code, Reaper) is working to reboot The Phantom. The character was originally created by Lee Falk back in 1936, and has been published off and on in different incarnations for decades.

The purple-suited hero, who is a costumed crime fighter in the vein of Batman (but typically campier and more international), has gotten more than a few chances at revitalization over the past several years. Modern audiences probably still remember Billy Zane’s 1996 feature flop, and Syfy played a role in giving the character another shot via a 2009 miniseries. Neither effort proved a success.

But that doesn’t mean it can’t work this time. 

The report indicates this effort could give a “dark edge” (of course) to the more campy, pulpy adaptations we’ve seen up to this point. Despite the misfires in recent years, the character is still one of the most enduring heroes in modern history — there’s got to be a way to make a decent movie with him, right?

What do you think? Is the time finally right for The Phantom? What approach would you like to see the studio take?

(Via The Tracking Board)

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