Dark Horse's El Zombo Fantasma Headed to the Big Screen
by Alex Billington
January 27, 2009
Death Ray Films and Maya Entertainment have teamed up to bring the Dark Horse comic book El Zombo Fantasma to the big screen. TMNT director Kevin Munroe, who is also currently working on Dead of Night and War Monkeys, will both write and direct El Zombo Fantasma. Chris Patton and IESB's own Robert Sanchez will be producing. "'Zombo' started years ago as just a geeky idea between two friends who worked at the same video game company," says Munroe. "But Dave and I always knew that the property had a broader appeal than just its publishing roots, and now we'll see it finally reach an entirely new audience."
El Zombo Fantasma follows the mysterious murder of the world's most notorious Mexican wrestler who bargains his way out of an eternity of fiery damnation by returning to Los Angeles to play guardian angel to a troublesome teen, Belisa Montoya. He soon discovers that the teen is not what she seems and that their fates have been intertwined for centuries. "I'm thrilled to be a part of creating this new breed of superhero for the big screen," Munroe said. I'm not sure what to make of this, and I haven't read the El Zombo Fantasma comics, but it sounds pretty frickin' cool, right? Can't wait to hear more and see who they cast.