There will be another film about The Phantom, a superhero in skin-tight purple suit who fights the evil off his African jungle. An Australian production company called Sherlock Symington Productions has secured the rights to have "The Phantom Legacy" filmed in the country within the next six to nine months with a budget of 130 million Australian dollars aka USD87 million.
Scriptwriter Tim Boyle, however, explained to The Associated Press on Tuesday, December 16 that it is not a sequel to the 1996 adaptation movie "The Phantom" that starred Billy Zane as the titular character, but rather, "a fresh look at the origins of the Phantom set in the present". In the phone interview Boyle said, "One of the things that I always questioned about the Phantom is why the Phantom legacy keeps passing down from generation to generation. To me, what would be interesting is seeing the son that didn't want to be the Phantom."
"That to me is a far more interesting story," Boyle continued. "So that's kind of where I focused the plot around with the father and son sort of thing - where the father is the Phantom, but the son doesn't want to be the Phantom, and the question is... will he step up and be the man he's destined to be? Or will he go down a different path?"
No name of actors have been mentioned yet to take the roles but producer Bruce Sherlock noted that "top talent" Australian and American actors will be cast. "It has the makings of a blockbuster," Sherlock said. "There's some surprises that will thrill the Phantom fans worldwide."