TELEVISION: Syfy Announces Airdate for Four-Hour Phantom Event!


Syfy’s re-working/updating of Lee Falk’s comics hero The Phantom is scheduled to air on Sunday, June 20, 2010, beginning at 7/6C. The four-hour epic takes more than a few liberties with the traditional Ghost Who Walks’ saga – including giving him a female advisor – though she is still named Guran – and more modern equipment. Isabella Rossellini takes a villainous turn in the proceedings. Details from the press release follow the jump.

Ryan Carnes (Desperate Housewives/Dr. Who) stars as The Phantom and his alter ego Kit Walker in this re-imagined version of the classic comic book transported to present day. Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet) guest stars as Lithia, the head of an experimental mind control program. Also starring are Sandrine Holt (24/The L Word) as The Phantom’s trusted advisor, Guran and Cameron Goodman as Walker’s love interest, Renny.

A favorite costumed hero for nearly 75 years, “The Phantom,” created by Lee Falk, relies on his wits, physical strength and skill with weapons over superhuman powers. In this contemporary version, directed by Paolo Barzman (The Last Templar), young Kit Walker survives an attempt on his life but his mother’s life is lost. Flash forward nearly 20 years and Kit, raised by loving adoptive parents, is now a young law student who, unbeknownst to him, is next in line to become The Phantom, a role passed down from generation to generation in his family since the 1500’s. Hoping to stop the ascension of the next Phantom, the notorious and deadly Singh crime syndicate sets a plan in motion to kill Kit and simultaneously start an international war.