Monday, March 23, 2009

Yet Another Sign of the Apocalypse...


The Robert Halmi Co. -- the same rapists who gave us the SciFi Channel's FLASH GORDON series a year or so ago -- have set their eyes on THE PHANTOM.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The Phantom” is getting a fresh take in a Sci-Fi miniseries. Rather than be daunted by the character’s past cinematic failures, producer Robert Halmi Jr. sees it as a chance to redefine the character.

“That there hasn’t been a successful ‘Phantom’ leaves the door wide open for us,” said Halmi, “since nobody has made it their own yet.”

Sci-Fi was drawn to the masked man because of his realistic setting, and lack of superpowers. “It’s not a guy in purple tights,” notes Mark Strong, Sci Fi channel executive. If the miniseries does well, Sci-Fi may turn it into an ongoing series in the hopes that they can fill the void left by “Battlestar Galactica.”

I predict disaster.



8 comments:

Matt said...

I don't believe this is the correct usage of the term "rapist."

Cunningham said...

Have you SEEN the SciFi Channel's FLASH GORDON series?

DecoderRing said...

The series known as "Flash Gordon" is an abomination. A creature of shadows born of the sickly poison of mediocrity. It also sucks balls.

It is also worth pointing out that Sci-Fi is apparently rebranding themselves as "SyFy", possibly in the hope that using fewer letters will allow them to fit more balls in their mouth, it wasn't really made clear to me.

Roger Alford said...

Gregg, I think you're being a little too kind to "Flash Gordon."

DecoderRing said...

I am reknown for my kindness.

TheGamut said...

I actually think SyFy is just an attempt to reach out to the generation whose skills at languages come solely from the Internet and who could not care less about their quality of entertainment when their main form of enjoyment is saying NO U on forums. Yes? No? Maybe?

Is SyFy trying to appeal to lolgeekz?

I wonder if the rumor is true that syfy is a slang in another language for syphilis. (I'm curious to know what language would encounter that word so much that it conjured a slang for that.)

Cunningham said...

The slang for syphillis in english is "siffy"

Every language has slang for its diseases.

This isn't about SyFy (shudder) but the fact that the prodco that produced the abomination called FLASH GORDON is allowed to get their hands on THE PHANTOM.

This goes to track record, modus operandi, what have you...

SyFy - you want a broader reach in your programming? Then dare to be better and don't allow crap to occur.

Ryan said...

Yeah, so how long before every rebooting of an old property isn't compared to Battlestar Galactica?