"Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi's name was attached to a developing adaptation of "The Shadow" based on the popular pulp character for quite some time. Other filmmakers have found themselves rumored for the project since then — including "Eclipse" director David Slade, who denied the possibility — and now, a new name is in the mix: none other than "Inglourious Basterds" director Quentin Tarantino.
[UPDATE: When asked for comment on this report, an official representative of Tarantino has told MTV News "There is no truth to this story."]
Pajiba reports the rumor that Tarantino is now attached to "The Shadow" as a director and co-writer. According to the report, Tarantino is in the midst of "a two-way discussion" with studio executives, though it's possible that he is "already attached as the future director of 'The Shadow.'"
Until official confirmation comes down the pipeline, mark this one down as a rumor. Still, Tarantino's involvement with "The Shadow" is certainly bound to raise a few interested eyebrows if the report turns out to hold some weight.
Of course, Tarantino is no stranger to the world of comic books. In "Sin City," Tarantino guest directed the portion of "The Big Fat Kill" where Clive Owen's Dwight has a conversation with the deceased Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro). More recently, Tarantino told MTV News that he was offered a chance to direct "Green Lantern" before the film developed with director Martin Campbell and actor Ryan Reynolds. In fact, Reynolds has identified Tarantino as a "dream director" for a project such as "Deadpool."
Tarantino's comic book tastes are apparent throughout much of his work, from David Carradine's famous Superman monologue in "Kill Bill" to the influence of "Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos" on "Inglourious Basterds." Certainly, Tarantino's attachment to a comic book property such as "The Shadow" isn't exactly out of left field — though it's still a rumor at this point.
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