The Shadow Sequel Poll
Who would direct the sequel to The Shadow?
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The only director I can think that would do well to make a sequel for
The Shadow would be Tim Burton. Why? Well,
the other night I was watching "Sleepy Hollow" and that was a
pretty dark and shadowy movie. I think he would do quite well if there was
ever a sequel for The Shadow. Hey, rumor has it that Hollywood is thinking
about making a Doc Savage movie. As you know, Doc Savage is yet another
Pulp Fiction character. Just FYI
I would lean more for an action type person like Martin
Campbell. But I really think Russell Mulcahy
might do the job wonderfully. The Shadow's presentation relies greatly on
presentation -- artistic as well as literally -- and I feel Russell might
be able to convey the balance of story and artistry well. A visual feast
as well as a story feast, a great combination. I also think that Alex
Proyas, who directed "The Crow" and "Dark City",
would be a superlative choice to direct a new Shadow film. He's a visionary
with a great sense of storytelling.
I agree with Qutime that Tim Burton would be
a good director for the MOODS that Burton can put on film. But I think that
The Shadow needs good action sequences, and as Burton has shown in the two
Batman films, that is something he isn't very good at. There are two directors
currently working who could do justice to a Shadow film. John
McTiernan is the first. Having done "Die Hard" and "Die
Hard 3", "The Hunt for Red October", "Medicine Man"
and others, I think it's safe to say that he knows how to do action and
show characterization by what the characters do when in action.
The other director would be Martin Campbell.
He virtually resurrected the Bond franchise with "GoldenEye".
He helped make "The Mask of Zorro" the success it was. Characterization
through action is what he does well. This is what The Shadow would need.
Good solid action sequences, mood, a lighting fast story. Both McTiernan
and Campbell have done that and both would be an asset for a new Shadow
I have two more candidates that would make good Shadow Directors. The first
is Simon Wincer, who has most recently directed
"Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles". The movie that he directed
that places him on the Shadow list was "The Phantom", which was
a good little movie that got overlooked. Yes, Lee Falk's conception of The
Ghost Who Walks is a rather pulpish character, and the way that New York
City was depicted in that film was close to the way I see The Shadow's New
York City. Wincer kept the film moving along, giving the audience the needed
information in little expository dollops, not needing to stop the film for
an expository sequence.
The second director would be Joe Johnston,
who will be directing "Jurassic Park 3". But the film that puts
him on The Shadow list is "The Rocketeer". Maybe the film didn't
have Bette Page as it's heroine, but it was a faithful representation of
Dave Stevens' first Rocketeer graphic novel. Like "The Phantom",
it was a movie that went under most people's radar because it wasn't enough
like an Indiana Jones film. If people characterize a film as comic book/pulp
adventure, they think the genre is limited to the adventures of Henry Jones
Jr. Not necessarily.
As for a director (for a direct sequel), as much as I hate to say it, I'd
put Spielberg on the job and hope he made it
into one long adventure ride like "Raiders of The Lost Ark."
To direct this type of sequel (loosely based on the 1994 movie) I'd probably
want a guy like M. Night Shyamalan, who isn't
afraid to slowly and methodically put a movie together and really ensnare
the audience, making them ask questions.
James Cameron would be good. Steven
Spielberg also would be good. (Sam Raimi)
who did "Spider-Man" would be better because he's hungry and would
work harder to make a good movie, not just make a buck by throwing it together.
Well, my first choice would be Russell Mulcahy
again. When it comes to sequels, I'm a big believer in getting as many of
the principle people involved with the first film involved with the sequel
as possible, as it only makes sense. If Mulcahy proved unavailable, Joe
Johnston would be a fine choice, seeing as how he made the last great
(until "Spider-Man") comic book movie, "The Rocketeer".
Sam Raimi would be a good choice as well, especially
considering his script for "Darkman" was actually first written
as a Shadow movie because he's a big fan. I would be happy with either of
these three directing a sequel.