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Sam Raimi's next? The Shadow knows. Maybe.

01.30.2010

Sam Raimi may have left one comic character behind. Did he trade spinning webs for sidearms and a scarlet scarf?

For a few years now, Raimi has held the rights and been attached as producer on another big-screen adaptation of old-school pulp character THE SHADOW, but now that his schedule is no longer gummed-up with wrist-jizz, perhaps he'll get behind the camera for the project.

IESB claims Raimi flipped for the recent draft of the dark pistol-packing crimebuster. They also have a rundown of the script, which sounds like a hard-R action blast complete with capable heroine, colorful associates, a quality villain, plentiful gunplay and fisticuffs, and bad guys literally getting ground into burger.

The project is set up at Spidey's home Sony, which means Raimi and the studio might still be playing nice for the sake of business. The question would be if Raimi is willing to deliver something commercially palatable and different enough to avoid comparisons to the dreadful THE SPIRIT.

The character was last seen in 1994, when Alec Baldwin donned the slouch hat to play the mind-clouding felon-killer, with sidekicks Peter Boyle and Jonathan Winters assisting and Sir Ian McKellan wishing he was in Middle Earth.

Extra Tidbit: It does kinda seem like Raimi already effectively covered a similar aesthetic with DARKMAN (which I consider one of the greatest comic movies of all time, despite not being based on a comic).
Source: IESB

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1:05PM on 02/01/2010

Heaven at last!

I have been waiting for this day for a long long time. The Shadow. Raimi. What more do we need to know? What more could we possible want? If he finally goes through with it, it will be kick ass.
I have been waiting for this day for a long long time. The Shadow. Raimi. What more do we need to know? What more could we possible want? If he finally goes through with it, it will be kick ass.
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9:53AM on 02/01/2010
This is the most exciting news I've heard in some time. The Shadow is a great character and Raimi delivers. Let's hope they get the green light on this one.
This is the most exciting news I've heard in some time. The Shadow is a great character and Raimi delivers. Let's hope they get the green light on this one.
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3:19PM on 01/31/2010
To quote a number of people from the STAR WARS franchise: "I've got a bad feeling about this." Sam Raimi tackling the Shadow sounds bad enough. But an R-rate(!) Shadow where the bad guys get ground into burger? What, did Quentin "The Hack" Tarantino crap out the script or something? Why does The Shadow have to be all dark and violent? I knew THE DARK KNIGHT was gonna seriously damage the future of superhero movies. The 1994 movie with Alec Baldwin was a terrific adaptation, but so far nothing
To quote a number of people from the STAR WARS franchise: "I've got a bad feeling about this." Sam Raimi tackling the Shadow sounds bad enough. But an R-rate(!) Shadow where the bad guys get ground into burger? What, did Quentin "The Hack" Tarantino crap out the script or something? Why does The Shadow have to be all dark and violent? I knew THE DARK KNIGHT was gonna seriously damage the future of superhero movies. The 1994 movie with Alec Baldwin was a terrific adaptation, but so far nothing about this new Raimi-produced version excites me as a Shadow fan. I smell utter disaster at his hands. :(
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2:28AM on 01/31/2010
If he doesn't go to horror, this is good enough for me.

-Endless
If he doesn't go to horror, this is good enough for me.

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11:22PM on 01/30/2010
This is good news. Darkman is awesome and if Raimi can make The Shadow be at least as good as Darkman then I'm game. By Darkman, I mean Raimi's original one, not the two sequels. But who'd be The Shadow?
This is good news. Darkman is awesome and if Raimi can make The Shadow be at least as good as Darkman then I'm game. By Darkman, I mean Raimi's original one, not the two sequels. But who'd be The Shadow?
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11:19PM on 01/30/2010
This is good news. Darkman is awesome and if Raimi can make The Shadow be at least as good as Darkman then I'm game. By Darkman, I mean Raimi's original one, not the two sequels. But who'd be The Shadow?
This is good news. Darkman is awesome and if Raimi can make The Shadow be at least as good as Darkman then I'm game. By Darkman, I mean Raimi's original one, not the two sequels. But who'd be The Shadow?
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10:47AM on 01/31/2010
Thanks bro. It was The Phantom.. I forgot
Thanks bro. It was The Phantom.. I forgot
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9:50PM on 01/30/2010

I know...

Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst can starr the film!
Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst can starr the film!
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3:24PM on 01/30/2010
"Wrist-jizz" bwahahahaha

I thought the Baldwin "Shadow" movie had some good elements to it. I agree that Raimi seems to be jumping around a lot - maybe he's off his meds...
"Wrist-jizz" bwahahahaha

I thought the Baldwin "Shadow" movie had some good elements to it. I agree that Raimi seems to be jumping around a lot - maybe he's off his meds...
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2:49PM on 01/30/2010

I fucking knew it!

Raimi has always had a thing for The Shadow.

The last time he tried to make The Shadow, it turned into the very awesome Darkman, and we got the very lame Raimi-less Shadow film starring Alec Baldwin.
Raimi has always had a thing for The Shadow.

The last time he tried to make The Shadow, it turned into the very awesome Darkman, and we got the very lame Raimi-less Shadow film starring Alec Baldwin.
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5:20PM on 01/30/2010
yes it was Baldwin..

can anybody tell me why I thought it was treat williams?
yes it was Baldwin..

can anybody tell me why I thought it was treat williams?
1:49PM on 01/30/2010

!

Man I frigging LOVED darkman!

Isn't there already a shadow movie with treat williams?
Man I frigging LOVED darkman!

Isn't there already a shadow movie with treat williams?
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11:22PM on 01/30/2010
Hey, MrOperator, I think you thought of Treat Williams because he's in another pulp superhero movie, The Phantom, with Billy Zane. Though the movie tanked, I kinda like that movie. If it's not because of The Phantom, then I ran out of idea why you thought of Williams :]
Hey, MrOperator, I think you thought of Treat Williams because he's in another pulp superhero movie, The Phantom, with Billy Zane. Though the movie tanked, I kinda like that movie. If it's not because of The Phantom, then I ran out of idea why you thought of Williams :]
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1:37PM on 01/30/2010

never heard of him

therefore don't really care. seems like all the popular/major comic characters have been made into movies. now studios are digging deep to find these B and C list super heroes to make movies out of.
therefore don't really care. seems like all the popular/major comic characters have been made into movies. now studios are digging deep to find these B and C list super heroes to make movies out of.
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12:28PM on 01/30/2010
Awesome. Adrien Brody for The Shadow!

"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows."
Awesome. Adrien Brody for The Shadow!

"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows."
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11:35AM on 01/30/2010
Wipe my ass, Raimi.
Wipe my ass, Raimi.
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10:33AM on 01/30/2010
Love Darkman, and he made it cause he also couldnt get the rights to Bstmsn
Love Darkman, and he made it cause he also couldnt get the rights to Bstmsn
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9:14AM on 01/30/2010

Unless you didn't know...

The whole reason he did Darkman, was because he wanted to do the Shadow, but the studio wouldn't let him. They wouldn't let him adapt this comic book, so he created his own. Might be interesting to see what he does with the Shadow now, but I'm also in the league saying come on Sam, Evil Dead 4, it makes sense.
The whole reason he did Darkman, was because he wanted to do the Shadow, but the studio wouldn't let him. They wouldn't let him adapt this comic book, so he created his own. Might be interesting to see what he does with the Shadow now, but I'm also in the league saying come on Sam, Evil Dead 4, it makes sense.
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9:04AM on 01/30/2010
If Raimi reboots The Shadow is gonna be even better than the 90's version starring Alec Baldwin. Go 4 it Raimi and screw Sony for leaving you out for Spidey 4!
If Raimi reboots The Shadow is gonna be even better than the 90's version starring Alec Baldwin. Go 4 it Raimi and screw Sony for leaving you out for Spidey 4!
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7:08AM on 01/30/2010

Can't Wait!

But I have to tell you, the 1994 Shadow IS one of my favourite superhero films.
It also has Jerry Goldsmith's BEST score! I know it's not gonna happen but I would like to see the new movie with Goldsmith's music.
But I have to tell you, the 1994 Shadow IS one of my favourite superhero films.
It also has Jerry Goldsmith's BEST score! I know it's not gonna happen but I would like to see the new movie with Goldsmith's music.
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7:47PM on 01/31/2010
At least an homage or reworking of the original theme would be nice. The least they could do for one of greatest composers to have lived in the past 100 years, RIP.
At least an homage or reworking of the original theme would be nice. The least they could do for one of greatest composers to have lived in the past 100 years, RIP.
5:55AM on 01/30/2010
Why does Raimi keep taking on random movies when he's supposed to be making Evil Dead 4? Oh, he's not actually making it after-all and lied to the fan base all those times? I get it now...
Why does Raimi keep taking on random movies when he's supposed to be making Evil Dead 4? Oh, he's not actually making it after-all and lied to the fan base all those times? I get it now...
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3:14AM on 01/30/2010

COOL

I think the Alec Baldwin version was similar to Riami movies but certain areas of the film was rather weak. Production design and sfx didn't blend to give a spectacular result. The story and villain were excellent.
Drag Me To Hell was one of my favorite '09 flicks. Hope Riami gets the green light instead of a boot. Still he can make a decent movie without high budget.
I think the Alec Baldwin version was similar to Riami movies but certain areas of the film was rather weak. Production design and sfx didn't blend to give a spectacular result. The story and villain were excellent.
Drag Me To Hell was one of my favorite '09 flicks. Hope Riami gets the green light instead of a boot. Still he can make a decent movie without high budget.
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3:04AM on 01/30/2010
I love the original but it's weak link was its downfall, Penelope Ann Miller. Compared to everyone else in the flick the girl didn't bring her game and it suffered as a result.

Raimi still gets a pass even with Spider-Man 3. I liked what he did with Sandman, Venom seemed like a middle finger to the studio and it showed in the final product. Probably why both Maguire and Raimi were named as out. If this is Raimi's trump card I'm intrigued.
I love the original but it's weak link was its downfall, Penelope Ann Miller. Compared to everyone else in the flick the girl didn't bring her game and it suffered as a result.

Raimi still gets a pass even with Spider-Man 3. I liked what he did with Sandman, Venom seemed like a middle finger to the studio and it showed in the final product. Probably why both Maguire and Raimi were named as out. If this is Raimi's trump card I'm intrigued.
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1:12AM on 01/30/2010
i actually really like the one with alec baldwin. it's really, really, really funny. It's also pretty vivid in the world it creates. Pretty underrated picture.

It sounds good to me because Raimi seems so enthused by it. I don't think that was the case for Spidey 3 and potentially the fourth.
i actually really like the one with alec baldwin. it's really, really, really funny. It's also pretty vivid in the world it creates. Pretty underrated picture.

It sounds good to me because Raimi seems so enthused by it. I don't think that was the case for Spidey 3 and potentially the fourth.
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1:05AM on 01/30/2010
Hey Raimi,how about an Evil Dead 4 already Bruce Campbell ain't getting any younger you know.

I always wondered why they didn't make any more Darkman movies even the 2 direct to video ones with Arnold Vosloo weren't that bad.

I would like to see Raimi do something with The Phantom,but only if they got Billy Zane back *heh*
Hey Raimi,how about an Evil Dead 4 already Bruce Campbell ain't getting any younger you know.

I always wondered why they didn't make any more Darkman movies even the 2 direct to video ones with Arnold Vosloo weren't that bad.

I would like to see Raimi do something with The Phantom,but only if they got Billy Zane back *heh*
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12:42AM on 01/30/2010
The original Shadow was awesome! Loved it as a kid and thoroughly enjoyed it when I revisited it recently. Good fun, and I always thought back then that Alec Baldwin would've made a cool Batman instead of Val Kilmer or George Clooney. He had the voice...heh...

Raimi directing this? Should be cool, especially if it's violent...we need more R-Rated superhero films...

...When are we gonna get a remake of that other cool comic book movie, The Phantom? I'd dig to see that...
The original Shadow was awesome! Loved it as a kid and thoroughly enjoyed it when I revisited it recently. Good fun, and I always thought back then that Alec Baldwin would've made a cool Batman instead of Val Kilmer or George Clooney. He had the voice...heh...

Raimi directing this? Should be cool, especially if it's violent...we need more R-Rated superhero films...

...When are we gonna get a remake of that other cool comic book movie, The Phantom? I'd dig to see that...
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12:26PM on 01/30/2010
When I was a kid, I thought Alec Baldwin would've been a great Batman. Then they cast Val Kilmer, then George Clooney, while Alec kept getting older and fatter. Sad, really.
When I was a kid, I thought Alec Baldwin would've been a great Batman. Then they cast Val Kilmer, then George Clooney, while Alec kept getting older and fatter. Sad, really.
12:19AM on 01/30/2010
Why do these guys always wanna dust off the same old snoozer heroes? I mean Namor the Sub Mariner needs done yet-Luke Cage,Power Man -The Black Panther- Brother Voodoo- Doctor Strange -Shazam! -The Justice League etc.I think maybe because it doesn't require alot of imagination-Shadow would be relatively easy to do ..again.
Why do these guys always wanna dust off the same old snoozer heroes? I mean Namor the Sub Mariner needs done yet-Luke Cage,Power Man -The Black Panther- Brother Voodoo- Doctor Strange -Shazam! -The Justice League etc.I think maybe because it doesn't require alot of imagination-Shadow would be relatively easy to do ..again.
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