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SyFy trailer for Phantom pilot

by Matthew Price Published: October 1, 2009

Found via Bleeding Cool, this trailer is for The Phantom pilot planned for Syfy.  I enjoy The Phantom well enough.  I recently watched the serial from 1943 with Tom Tyler, and although it’s quite dated, it’s not bad.  I also remember liking the Billy Zane movie well enough, though it didn’t perform well in theaters. The Phantom was created by Lee Falk in a 1936 comic strip.

This modern take, with a different costume and a non-jungle setting seems to me to generic up the concept quite a bit.  Without the costume and jungle, all you have is the generational aspect — which was explored in a sci-fi way in the cartoon “Phantom 2040.”

I realize the amount of hardcore Phantom fans that are out there probably aren’t enough to justify a new series, so the feeling is you have to mix it up from the original.   I tend to prefer films that stick closer to the original concept, however.  I think I’d prefer The Phantom as a period piece, though the generational aspect of The Phantom does tend to mean you can set it any time, just move another Phantom or two into the future.

- Matt Price

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by Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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