Horror fans may be in for an unexpected treat. Dread Central reports director Don Coscarelli might finally be ready to begin production on the long-awaited "Phantasm V." Such news would have been expected maybe a decade ago; Coscarelli has been discussing this project ever since the last entry bowed 14 years ago.
Even Uncle Creepy at Dread Central is quick to point out that fans might be dubious -- this project is that infamous at this point in horror circles. The latest news indicates that the script is ready and production will begin later this year. It's unknown if this is the same script the cast gathered to have a table read for all the way back in 2006, or if this is a new draft.
The "Phantasm" series, which revolves around two brothers and their buddy doing battle with the mysterious, villainous Tall Man, has never had the easiest road to becoming a franchise. The original was an independent production released in 1979 that went on to become a cult classic over the next decade.
During that time, the property lay dormant until Universal expressed interest in developing a sequel in the late 80s. "Phantasm II" remains the only studio-produced film in the series.
"Phantasm III" started production in the early '90s but was shelved for an entire year before it headed straight-to-video. Undeterred, Coscarelli pressed on, and got a helping hand from filmmaker Roger Avary (fresh off of an Oscar win for "Pulp Fiction") to script a fourth film.
Known as both "Phantasm A.D. 1999" and "Phantasm's End," the potential fourth entry was ambitious and never secured funding. Instead, Coscarelli ended up making the low-budget "Phantasm: Oblivion," which also went direct to video.
Ever since, "Phantasm V" has been a bit of a myth among horror circles, a film that's been constantly discussed but rarely seen as any kind of reality. At one point, Coscarelli pitched a rebooted "Phantasm" at New Line Cinema (and even eyed J.J. Abrams to direct it), but even that fell through.
So it's been a pretty dry 15 years for "Phantasm" fans, or even fans of Coscarelli in general. Since "Phantasm IV," he's only directed two films: "John Dies at the End," which is currently on the festival circuit, and 2002's "Bubba Ho-Tep," another film with a long-mooted sequel (dubbed "Bubba Nosferatu").
For many horror fans, "Phantasm V" probably won't be a reality until they've actually watched it; for all they know, this is all just a waking dream not unlike the ones experienced by the characters in the films themselves.
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