'El Zombo Fantasma' Gets Ready To Rumble On The Big Screen

'El Zombo Fantasma'We've long known that wrestling and comic books share a lot of common ground -- they're both overly dramatic, feature bulbous men and women in spandex, there's plenty of fighting, and their fans are ... well, kinda nuts.

So the news today that Death Ray Films and Maya Entertainment will be bringing the supernatural wrestling epic "El Zombo Fantasma" -- based on the three-issue miniseries by David Wilkins, Kevin Munroe and Dark Horse Comics -- to life as a feature film is pretty much a no-brainer. Monroe will get a shot to write and direct the project, and also co-produce the film along with Wilkins, Chris Patton and Robert Sanchez. Dark Horse head honcho Mike Richardson will serve as an executive producer.

After the jump, check out the promo image for "El Zombo Fantasma," which was released along with this announcement.

"El Zombo Fantasma" picks up when the world's most notorious Mexican Luchador (that's "wrestler" to you gringos) is murdered, but manages to bargain his way out of eternal damnation. As a stipulation for his return, he is tasked with playing the role of guardian angel for a rambunctious teenage girl, who he soon discovers is not all she seems.


"As a Cuban-American in this industry, I see 'El Zombo' as a unique property that will not only showcase Latinos but also appeal to all audiences. It has action, romance, redemption and wrestling, it's a Latin Hellboy," said Sanchez. "It's the prefect date movie!"

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