Is Sam Raimi About To Fight Crime With The Shadow?

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 19th, 2010 at 11:31 am,

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Last year we reported that Sam Raimi was itching to direct a film version of pulp crime fighter The Shadow. However, it appeared that Raimi was too busy with the Spider-Man movies to give the film any serious thought.

Now that the Spider-Man franchise has swung over to new hands for a reboot it looks like Sam Raimi isn’t going to waste his crime fighting credentials. The good folks over at IESB have the news (including a script review) that Raimi is apparently set to make The Shadow his next film.

For those don’t know, The Shadow is a crime fighter who first cropped up on radio in 1930. He’s a dark and … er… shadowy individual who could turn invisible and cloud the minds of men. The character was partly an inspiration to Bob Kane when he created Batman in 1939, and the character got his own modern big screen adaptation in 1994 with Alec Baldwin in the lead role.

When we reported last year that Batman producer Michael Ulsan was working on the film, he said that the film might take some time, but Raimi apparently “flipped” over the new draft by screenwriter Siavash Farahani and he’s eager to get back to wielding a megaphone after Spider-Man fell apart.

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According to IESB, The Shadow is an R-rated adventure filled with violence and nudity – something which might affect the film’s box office chances. Raimi is a huge fan of the character, which has graced radio, comics and the screen and he tried to attain the rights to the film in the 1980’s. He failed, but similarly to George Lucas and his failed attempt to make Flash Gordon, Raimi created his own version – Darkman which starred Liam Neeson.

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IESB gave the script the thumps up saying:

“I think the general public seeing The Shadow on screen for the first time would be akin to the first time they laid eyes on Blade or Nolan’s Batman in “Batman Begins”. You get that sense of wonder just from reading Farahanl’s descriptions of the character and that world of mystery never fails you as you reach the end of the journey.”

While the character isn’t a household name in the 21st century, there is plenty of scope to make the character palatable to modern audiences. The main problem might be that there’s a certain amount of crime fighting fatigue setting in. The project sounds like a mixture of Watchmen, The Punisher and The Spirit, something which may hurt its appeal to moviegoers.

Another issue could be that The Shadow is set up at Columbia, the Sony studio behind the Spider-Man franchise. Raimi had many problems with the studio over the direction of his planned fourth installment in the web-slinging franchise – is there a chance that the wounds haven’t healed?

I’m sure that we’ll find out soon enough, and when we do, you’ll be the first to know.

Source: IESB

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  1. Hmmmm…….No real appeal for me. Might be something to watch on DVD release.

  2. I'd watch it for sure.

  3. I am very interested in this project. I am wooried about an R rating as to reach the public. I thimk it could be PG-13 if done right like a Batman Begins. But either way I am still interested in seeing this.

  4. I don't see why there would be an R rating. I've been reading the novels, and listening to the radio show, theres no nudity in them, and though theres violence, its mostly shooting people, and happens alot in the dark. I'd love to see Sam Raimi's take, but I hope he doesn't make it an origin story, but instead socusses on the agents and leaves the Shadow as more of a force of nature.

    And DONT make NMargo Lane his love interest

  5. The 1994 movie was pretty good. I guess ti could work now.

  6. No go.

  7. Wrong! If Raimi was booted from the spidey movies… he should be doing EVIL DEAD 4: Ash in Future Hell!.

    I thought he said after Spidey 4, he would be doing ED 4, I remember him even joking about doing the fourth film in both franchises.

    The Shadow? Boy, Raimi's slope keeps getting slippier and slippier.

    EVIL DEAD 4… NOW!!!! Come on Sam! Now is the time! Show Marvel who's boss! lol

  8. I would love to see another Shadow movie. My parents got me hooked on the character when I was young and I liked the screen version done with Baldwin. There is no reason for any cornball nude/sex scenes which mostly detract from a movie like this. Tell a good story, get good actors and stick to action not under the sheets.

  9. I so agree with you especially about the Margo Lane comment. That character was lousy in the previous film. I find that for action films especially when its a Super Hero/Supernatural genre – over blown love interests or nudie/sex scenes take away from the film and are quite boring. And we got his origins in the first movie. I hope this pans out.

  10. ZERO APPEAL. There's a reason why this character has not survived into the 21st century. Grandpa's radio super hero didn't make it into the comic book age successfully and not into 20th century film. In the age of Avatar, you're going to have to get more creative than this, Mr. Raimi.

  11. Like I said. I think this could be a good movie with a PG-13 film like Batman Begins. Take away the nudity, there is no need for it. I could easily see this as a film noir type of film as well. I would like Raimi to do this. I think Raimi could pull it off.

  12. I agree with most others taking this “R” really isn't necessary but perhaps the whole idea is to put the property decidedly into the adult category. You could make the tone bloodier and just because the story has a sensual element doesn't mean the Shadow is at the center of it.

    I think it would be interesting if they paired the Shadow with someone. Ha,Ha what about a young Bruce Wayne or the Avenger? Would that strike some interests?

  13. I'm a huge fan of the Alec Baldwin version, I love that film, it oozes cool.

  14. I like the Alec Baldwin film, I would welcome a Raimi made The Shadow.
    Funny, I always thought that Raimi directed the Baldwin film.

  15. Here's the link to where he said that
    http://screenrant.com/sam-raimi-talks-spiderman

    I really want an Evil Dead 4 too, I absolutely love the Evil Dead movies, and he keeps saying he's going to do it.

  16. Sounds interesting. I'm not familiar with “The Shadow”, but Baldwin looks extremely goofy in that costume haha (just saying). Sam Raimi should chill with the superhero type stuff for awhile and try something new in my opinion.

  17. I didn't think about that… Maybe there is a reason this character is dead. It may not need to come back?

  18. I never was a fan of the Shadow, but I do like Raimi and the Darkman version. Perhaps, he could change my mind about the character. I'd rather see Evil Dead 4 though.

  19. Sounds interesting. I'm not familiar with “The Shadow”, but Baldwin looks extremely goofy in that costume haha (just saying). Sam Raimi should chill with the superhero type stuff for awhile and try something new in my opinion.

  20. I didn't think about that… Maybe there is a reason this character is dead. It may not need to come back?

  21. I never was a fan of the Shadow, but I do like Raimi and the Darkman version. Perhaps, he could change my mind about the character. I'd rather see Evil Dead 4 though.

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