‘The Shadow’ Looming Over Fox?

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:40 am,

the shadow ‘The Shadow’ Looming Over Fox?

The Shadow reboot is just about as difficult to pin-down as the pulp novel character himself. It’s certainly been a while since any new details on the franchise remake have emerged.

Now, Latino Review is reporting that the Sam Raimi produced The Shadow movie has moved from Sony Pictures and is headed for 20th Century Fox – and that Emma Watts, President of Production at Fox, may have paid a million dollars to make it happen.

At one point, Raimi had also been expected to direct the project but with the rumor of a new studio also comes the possibility of David Slade taking the film’s director chair. Slade, who worked with Raimi on 30 Days of Night, recently finished up Twilight: Eclipse in 3D, and is also responsible for the 2005 thriller Hard Candy.

With so many high-profile superhero movies spilling out of Hollywood, a The Shadow reboot still seems like bizarre investment. Sure the Russell Malcahy treatment in 1994 made a good amount of money, but the film appeared prior to the massive surge of mainstream superhero stories that have been in development throughout the last decade.

There’s no doubt the character’s pulp-novel background provides plenty of material for a series of feature-length films. However, even with Raimi’s creative eye on the project, it’s still difficult to imagine audiences lining up outside their local theater for a character with less notoriety, set in a time-period with fewer opportunities for the large-scale action set-pieces moviegoers have come to expect from their hero films.

A superhero movie is a smart next step for Slade; though, The Shadow will definitely require a bit more nuancing than other, more straight-forward, and ultimately more recognizable, superhero stories. The success of The Shadow reboot will depend more heavily on the filmmaker’s vision than other more mainstream characters would.

Personally, I’d be more likely to see The Shadow reboot if they brought Alec Baldwin back in the lead role – retrofitting The Shadow as the alter-ego to Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock. Otherwise, Raimi and Slade would have to put together something pretty special to compete with franchises like Iron Man and The Dark Knight.

Are you ready for The Shadow to reboot? What if Slade were directing?

No release information for The Shadow is available at this time.But we’ll keep you posted as soon as anything official is announced.

Source: Latino Review

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  1. “it’s still difficult to imagine audiences lining up outside their local theater for a character with less notoriety, set in a time-period with fewer opportunities for the large-scale action set-pieces moviegoers have come to expect from their hero films.”

    I agree. The Shadow has the potential to be as big as Batman, after all, Batman is basically just a slightly modified version of it. If they decided to set it in modern times it would have all the makings of a new great superhero franchise. But set back in the 40's or so, nah, that will simply make it fail.

    “Personally, I’d be more likely to see The Shadow reboot if they brought Alec Baldwin back in the lead role”

    This, however, I don't agree with. Baldwin is too old now for the role. The Shadow needs to be perceived in the same way as Christian Bales Bruce Wayne and believable as a young ass-kicking fighter like the Dark Knight.

    What they definitely need to include though is the Phurba Dagger. That is simply one of the coolest aspects of the original :D

  2. You left out:

    … “retrofitting The Shadow as the alter-ego to Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock.”

    That was entirely meant to be a joke.

    Bringing Baldwin back would definitely not be a good move – no disrespect to his prior performance. Young ass-kicking would be the only way to make it work.

  3. Ah…as someone who doesn't watch 30 Rock, the joke escape me. But now I am enlightened! :D

  4. One direction would be to have the flick be set in a sort of “Tim Burtonesque” type of time period he used in Batman, high tech/retro low tech…fedoras, classic cars, every building is like the Chrysler Building……I wanted the original flick to be darker, less campy….but it had great ideas…the hidden building, the sanctum, the face morph, and of course…the dagger. I guess I wanted more gunplay…..he barely used his guns only once in the flick against thugs…I don't count him shooting block or just drawing the guns. The staircase scene/reveal in the hotel prior to the final battle was best moment in catching the character's style/mojo.

  5. The actor who best looks like Shadow is hands down……Crispin Glover….with his side profile…put a hat,coat,scarf on him as he appeared in Charlies Angels ( god forgive me for referencing that flick)…although I am not a fan of his, he has no star power to carry a movie like this he looks like the pulp covers. I better choic would be Liam Nelson…he could be the perfect Shadow……since Darkman is practically the same character. I always wanted to see him do Sherlock Holmes….hawk like profile, sharp intense eyes…

  6. I'm a bit curious as to why you think a “retro” time period couldn't win the interest of a modern audience. What exactly are you basing this belief on? Audiences turned out for SHERLOCK HOLMES, didn't they? And God knows RAIDERS (and all its sequels) made a ton. So why this presumption that modern audiences wouldn't be quick to embrace a new franchise set in the 1930s?

  7. My long answer is I'm not actually saying it can't win the interest of a modern audience. I'm saying a 40's based superhero is unlikely to be a box office smash hit that turns into a franchise like Batman has. The films you name might be fair on one hand, but they aren't superhero films so they're not entirely fair comparisons. Sure, a retro 30's based The Shadow might be cool, I'm just saying I've seen no precedent to suggest it can be a huge hit.

    My short answer is to re-quote what Ben said, which is perhaps the core of the matter:

    “it’s still difficult to imagine audiences lining up outside their local theater for a character …set in a time-period with fewer opportunities for the large-scale action set-pieces moviegoers have come to expect from their [super] hero films.”

    • For me one of the best things about The Shadow movie was it’s respect for the period it’s set in (check out the matte painting they used as the background to late 30s Times Square), but agree that it went WAY too campy with Shiwan Khan etc. though Tim Curry’s OTT acting İ kinda liked. They should referenced The Shadow Strikes comics a lot more of it’s treatment of Khan etc. Now that apparently Shane Black’s back on board a retro Doc Savage movie, off the back of İron Man 3, which İ see as pretty much following the retro-style template of The Rocketeer/Captain America, maybe now there’s more leverage for a retro Shadow movie after all?

  8. President of production of Fox would have definitely paid a huge amount of petty cash in order to bring The Shadow’ Looming Over Fox. Though this movie is not that good one but still it is not that common story as well.

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  9. I think this could be a nice change from the mainstream comic book heroes. I'm always disappointed when a property that I've engaged myself in since childhood comes to the big screen, but a property that I don't know much has limitless potential. I do remember the Alec Baldwin Shadow, the Billy Zane Phantom movie, Sam Raimi's Darkman, Mystery Men, and the Rocketeer as somewhat memorable hero movies from the 90s that weren't mainstream like Schumacher's and Burton's Batman flicks, the Dick Tracy one, Shaq's portrayal of Steel, or Spawn's awful live-action movie. Blade was a secondary hero in comics that actually worked for fans which is a lot like the Shadow. Nowadays, mainstream heroes are all the rage and basically a lot of these movies just use the property as a money making device and not look at writing a decent storyline or plot (i.e. Electra & Catwoman). What I'm saying is that the Shadow could absolutely be a hot property if they focus on the story, filming style, casting, and not focus on using the name as a way to put people in the theater seats.

  10. Oh geesh….dont they know The Shadow was a terrible movie and an even more terrible concept. No interest in seeing this one.

  11. I would rather see a Dark Man movie remake…that would be far more interesting and exciting remake. and Darkman had a much better story than The Shadow.

  12. Okay since the property has moved to Fox I'm going to let it all hang out and put this on the table… Make The Shadow one of the X-Men!

  13. Audiences that favor a provoking screenplay and intelligent dialogue would be your main audience. I agree that the audience that showed up for Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes would be your target audience. I think another recent successful film that could help provide inspiration is Inglorious Basterds. The scenes which used very little english and had no Brad Pitt were very memorable because of the tension and suspence portrayed. The Shadow has always been more about these elements anyway, so hopefully they DON'T try to make a “The Dark Night” out of it. Also I have a graphic novel of the Shadow fighting Nazi's. Hmmm, Nazi's, cool effects, smart writing…..sounds like a no-brainer!

  14. Audiences that favor a provoking screenplay and intelligent dialogue would be your main audience. I agree that the audience that showed up for Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes would be your target audience. I think another recent successful film that could help provide inspiration is Inglorious Basterds. The scenes which used very little english and had no Brad Pitt were very memorable because of the tension and suspence portrayed. The Shadow has always been more about these elements anyway, so hopefully they DON'T try to make a “The Dark Night” out of it. Also I have a graphic novel of the Shadow fighting Nazi's. Hmmm, Nazi's, cool effects, smart writing…..sounds like a no-brainer!

  15. Ohh man a superhero movie set in the 39s and 40s couldnt make any money? well i think that captain america did pretty good.but could be my mistake

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