Rumor: Sam Raimi Wants to Direct Adaptation of The Shadow
Though the crimson-scarfed character who started on old time radio has seen countless adaptations into pulp fiction, comic books, comic strips, TV shows and several motion pictures, The Shadow, isn't exactly the most popular or well known of fictional heroes. But that doesn't mean he isn't the most kick-ass, scarf-donning mofo out there. The last incarnation of The Shadow saw Alec Baldwin putting on the trench coat and hat back in 1994, but now IESB reports that the newest adaptation has Sam Raimi (who was already on board to produce for Sony) wanting it to be his next directing gig too, rather than World of Warcraft.
Along with this report comes a more in-depth script review (not really spoiler filled if you're concerned) and the only problem (which could just as easily be used to its advantage) is the stark similarity to darker toned comic adaptations like Batman Begins and Wanted. Apparently it could be considered more of the same, but the tone of the script is certainly dark and R-rated as IESB says, "There is nudity and some brutal fight scenes. A man thrown into meat grinder and coming out as ground beef on the other side. Broken bones at every turn. Body parts strewn around a train station. Hookers servicing males." So good fun for the whole family. In addition this review seems to debunk the once-mentioned involvement of multiple Shadows.
This is a project that has been in the works since 2006, but obviously Spider-Man was a bigger focus for the studio. Now that Raimi is free from the reigns of the web-slinger, he's anxious to get back into the director's chair, and if he has his way, he'll take The Shadow before he does World of Warcraft. This makes sense since the script for The Shadow has been done, and even has multiple drafts (as IESB's accompanying script review eludes to) while Warcraft only just hired a screenwriter last October. As someone who loved The Shadow even as a kid back in 1994, I would love to see Raimi tackle the character. He's already shown how dedicated and respectful he is to comic book mythology, so you know he'll do The Shadow justice. But who knows if Sony will let Raimi do it. Do you want Raimi to take on The Shadow or Warcraft next?