Originally Published: March 10, 2005
New Line Cinema is in negotiations with filmmaker Don Coscarelli (who wrote and directed Bubba Ho-tep) to bring the cult horror film Phantasm back to the big screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The first Phantasm movie, which Coscarelli wrote and directed, was released in 1979. It told the story of a young boy named Mike and his friends, who face off against a mysterious grave robber known as the Tall Man and his killer flying spheres from “the other side.” The film spawned three Coscarelli made sequels.
Coscarelli will act as a producer on the new Phantasm movie, in which the Tall Man travels from town to town turning the dead into his own army and using his deadly spheres against anyone who opposes him. Mike and his brother try to stop him. The movie is being developed as a relaunch and as a possible trilogy about Mike’s coming of age.