The Sci Fi Channel has announced it will bring its own take on the classic comic book character The Phantom to the small screen in 2010.  Moonstone Books currently publishes the print adventures of the ghost that walks, but Sci Fi thinks a four hour movie will be pretty kick-ass.

“That there hasn’t been a successful ‘Phantom’ leaves the door wide open for us, since nobody has made it their own yet,” said Robert Halmi Jr., president and CEO of RHI entertainment. “The four-hour format allows us to command large dollars around the world for our shows that puts about ($4 million-$6 million) of production on the screen per hour.  It gives the network a chance to try a concept with the same production values, if not better, than you’d get for a series.”

The team up with RHI entertainment has three features, Alice in Wonderland, The Phantom, and Philip Jose Farmer’s Riverworld coming to the network.

via THR

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  1. Jeff
    March 23, 2009 at 7:53 am — Reply

    Didn’t SciFi already do a craptacular take on Riverworld once already? Also, they have a horrible – albeit incredibly short – record with pulp-era characters (I’m looking at you, Flash Gordon!).

    With BSG going off the air and a new Doctor in the wings, I am thinking I may just shut the boob-tube off for good and wait for the full-season DVD releases of “Caprica.”

  2. Kirby
    March 23, 2009 at 8:14 am — Reply

    For them to hook it for me, Billy Zane has to cameo.

  3. Bill Necessary
    May 23, 2009 at 3:45 pm — Reply

    Has any one seen the proposed design for the Phantom’s costume?
    It’s horrible!
    I am afraid SciFi will do a similar injustice to The Ghost Who Walks as they did to Flash Gordon.

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