New Line and Don Coscarelli to make a new set of Phantasm films
10th Mar 05
So, you've just made a cult classic hit with Bruce Campbell (Bubba Ho-Tep) and you've got about a thousand offers on the table. What do you do? Which project do you pick?
Well, if you're Don Coscarelli, you go back tothe films that made you a legend, and you hook up with New Line to remake your original nutty independent horror trilogy with a bigger budget and Bruce Campbell (well, for the 2nd and 3rd films - maybe).
It's been annoounced today in Hollywood Reporter that New Line Cinema is in final talks with Coscarelli to bring Phantasm back to the big screen. Made in 1979, the original film (written and direct by Coscarelli) told the story of a young boy named Mike and his friends, who face off against a mysterious grave robber known as the Tall Man and his killer flying spheres.
Apparently Coscarelli will produce on the new version in which the Tall Man travels from town to town turning the dead into his army, using the spheres against anyone who gets in his way. Michael (who is developing psychic powers) and his brother are the only ones who can stop him.
www.bloody-disgusting.com have gone one further by revelaing that;
-Obviously the spheres will be receiving a major upgrade.
- The PLAN is to keep Angus Scrimm as the Tallman, but nothing can be guaranteed yet
-This will be the "Definitive Phantasm trilogy."
-This "will be the 'Star Wars' of Horror."
-Mike "will be become the Luke Skywalker of Horror."
-"It's more of a re-launch than a remake."