Sam Raimi to Direct ‘The Shadow’?

1 Feb

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Monday February 1st, 2010–

Ok, there’s not alot of real news to this one, but thats just fine as it allows more conjecture on our part here. After being ousted from that giant Spidey snafu (which is probably just as well for him), Raimi is a director in the midst of several projects, and he’s been linked up to produce this one over at Paramount since 2007. With a script by Slavash Farahani, it is now being rumored that Raimi himself might direct this latest incarnation of the 1930’s pulp hero. Will this happen before or after World of Warcraft?

Personally, I think that’s a terrific idea, as Sam’s sensibilities mesh better with a darker figure like The Shadow than the mostly cheerful and sarcastic Spiderman. Not that I’m ungrateful for Raimi’s take on the webslinger, but its time that Sam the man moved on and tackled something else instead of helping Sony milk that franchise to death.

With The Shadow, there’s fertile ground for creating a whole new franchise and story. Lamont Cranston, who is the dark avenger’s alter ego, has an impressive backlog of story work and a 1994 movie adaptation that, itself, was pretty darn entertaining. If Raimi picks up the gauntlet and gives the film a similar sense of the comic book fantastic that was present in the Mulcahy adaptation, then I suspect this could be something pretty great. Just leave out any descendents of Ghengis Khan please.

The big word now will be who exactly gets to be the Shadow? I’m counting down the seconds until someone blurts out Bruce “The Chin” Campbell. In fact, it’s probably happening right now….

Here’s a clip show from the 94 version featuring the Taylor Dane cover of ‘Original Sin’ which served as the theme song:

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4 Responses to “Sam Raimi to Direct ‘The Shadow’?”

  1. xiphos0311 February 1, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    It’s funny you posted this since a discussion about the original just broke out over at the other place.

  2. Droid February 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    If they cast Adrien Brody they’d save a bucketload of moolah on makeup.

  3. Frank Marmoset February 2, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    I’d love to see a Raimi directed version of The Shadow – something along similar lines to Darkman would be great. I wouldn’t even complain if he wanted to team up with Liam Neeson again.

    Bollocks to World Of Warcraft. No interest in that at all, unless Uwe Boll directs and it stars Kristanna Loken in some kind of semi nude role.

  4. lordbronco February 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I have to disagree-The Shadow is an oddly empty premise, as was the The Phantom. Don’t get me wrong-I love some pulp adventures, but the two characters…I don’t think Raimi is ready for a period piece, or to attempt characters with anything other than cartoonish motivations.

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