Rumor: Quentin Tarantino to Direct ‘The Shadow’?

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Briefly: Take this one as more a subject for discussion than anything else at this point, but there’s a rumor (via Pajiba) that Quentin Tarantino is in talks to direct the new movie incarnation of classic pulp crime character The Shadow.

This is a project that has been around for a while, and was passed from Sony to Fox not long ago. Sam Raimi was attached to direct for some time, and recently there was a rumor that David Slade would helm the film. (Slade denied it.) Pajiba says the film is now out for a rewrite, and that Tarantino is attached to co-write and direct.

On one hand, that seems like a difficult idea to believe, in part because Tarantino and Fox seem to go together like oil and water. But perhaps Robert Rodriguez, who seems to have found a new home at the studio, has been whispering in QT’s ear. But I could see Tarantino doing fun things with The Shadow, and as he’s talked about wanting to make a sort of period crime piece, this could be a way to do that quickly. So discuss: how does the idea of a QT Shadow sound?

[Shadow art above via Pop Art Machine]

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The last time The Shadow hit movie screens, things didn’t work out so well. The 1994 Alec Baldwin version directed by Russell Mulcahy suggested that the character might have a better home on radio and in the pages of pulp magazines and comics. Yet Sam Raimi picked up the rights to the character in 2006. For a variety of reasons he has yet to pull a film together. Now he’s a step closer, as Fox has bought into the character, so Raimi should have the go-ahead to tinker again in the pulpy hero genre that produced his own film Darkman. Read More »

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Until somebody actually comes out and makes an official announcement, I’m sure there’s going to be countless rumours about Sam Raimi‘s choice of next film. Here’s today’s.

We already knew that Sam Raimi was producing the new feature film version of The Shadow. Apparently, he’s now keen to take up the director’s reigns too. Doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch, does it? And what do you reckon – does it get easier or harder to swallow if I tell you The Shadow is set up at Sony?

If Raimi does take the picture on, this would make The Shadow the third superhero to take the lead in a Raimi movie, after Spider-Man and Darkman. I think that’s what the mugs call an auteur.

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It’s been sometime since we heard anything about the new The Shadow film. Way back in December 2006, Sam Raimi and Michael Uslan came onboard as producers and Siavash Farahani was appointed to write the screenplay. It was said that several other Street and Smith properties were being optioned, almost as part of a set – these would include Doc Savage and The Avenger, possibly even The Whisperer and The Skipper, and it was sometimes suggested that characters from each would all appear in a single movie.

At the time, I pictured something between Sin City and Dick Tracy. And then… radio silence. Now, producer Michael Uslan has spoken to MTV about progress on the film and how he sees it shaping up and one of his comments has me making my ? face.

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