A project that’s been in limbo since around 2009 when we first reported on it, on the old S&A site, appears to have been given life again.
First, a quick recap…
In 2009, Screen Gems (Sony’s specialty film producing arm) acquired "The Black Phantom," a spec comedy that was to be produced by Will Packer under his then Rainforest Films production banner, with Doug Aarniokoski attached to make his directing debut.
Aarniokoski was second unit director on the Screen Gems action film "Takers," on which Packer was also producer.
In "The Black Phantom," a double-crossed mob hitman turns for help to an unlikely source: the title character, an African American hitman (The Black Phantom) who was hired to kill him.
Rainforest’s Rob Hardy was to executive produce.
This afternoon brings word that Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to replace Jamie Foxx in the title role, who’s exiting over scheduling conflicts.
Now if only I can get my hands on the script…
The news of Jackson’s potential involvement was first reported by Deadline.