While still based on the classic comic strip hero created by Lee Falk, the new miniseries radically updates The Phantom’s traditional costume and setting. The miniseries first aired in Canada at the end of December and has finally been put on SyFy’s 2010 schedule.
According to a post on SyFy’s official Twitter account (via Phantom Site), the two-part “Phantom” miniseries will air in June. The miniseries may also serve as a backdoor pilot for a TV series, depending upon the ratings and fan reaction.
The original “Phantom” comic strip followed Kit Walker — the 21st member of the Walker family to wear the costumed mantle over the course of 500 years. The new Phantom as portrayed by Ryan Carnes is Walker’s son, who discovers his legacy after the death of his adopted parents. Sandrine Holt, Jean Marchand, Cas Anvar and Isabella Rossellini are also set to star in the project.
“The Phantom” has previously been adapted as film serials and a 1996 movie starring Billy Zane, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Kristy Swanson (the original “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”).
Additionally, a new live action “Phantom” feature film is also in the works, from producer Bruce Sherlock and screenwriter Tim Boyle called “The Phantom Legacy“, which is completely unrelated to the new miniseries.
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