I am crediting The Hollywood Reporter for this news, but the fellas over at Bloody-Disgusting also deserve a hand as they were right there with the trade in bringing this news and a little more to the forefront.
New Line Cinema is reportedly in final negotiations with filmmaker Don Coscarelli to bring the cult horror film Phantasm back to the big screen.
The first Phantasm, which Coscarelli wrote and directed, was released in 1979 and told the story of a young boy named Mike and his friends, who face off against a mysterious grave robber known as the Tall Man and his killer flying spheres, which you can see from the pic above can be quite nasty. The film spawned three sequels, all of which were made by Coscarelli.
While the Hollywood Reporter only hints at the idea of a trilogy, Bloody-Disgusting is calling it much more than a hint as they say this “will be the Star Wars of Horror… the definitive Phantasm trilogy… Mike will be become the Luke Skywalker of Horror,” and “The PLAN is to keep Angus Scrimm as the Tallman, but nothing can be guaranteed yet.”
The remake will find the Tall Man traveling from town to town turning the dead into his own army and using his deadly spheres against anyone who opposes him. Mike, who is developing psychic powers, and his brother try to stop him. The movie is being developed as a relaunch and as a possible trilogy about Mike’s coming of age.
This is not the last we will here of this new franchise as Bloody-Disgusting promises us more in the near future from Coscarelli himself, so stay tuned.