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‘The Shadows’ returns

Posted by at 4:19 pm Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Pulps
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‘The Shadows’ returns

Here’s some interesting news pulled directly from today’s headlines (well, the Deadline website):

James Patterson and Condé Nast are teaming to revive vintage crime fighter The Shadow in a series of books that will also aim to be adapted for the screen.

Hachette Book Group imprint Little, Brown will publish the original series, whose first installment is due out in the fall of 2021. Condé Nast has long controlled licensing for the character via its Street & Smith subsidiary. …

“Who can forget The Shadow’s historic tagline, ‘Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?’”, Patterson said in the official announcement. “Well, The Shadow knows. And soon readers will, too. I’ve long been a fan of The Shadow and am looking forward to bringing his legendary character to life in the modern age.”

“James Patterson is the all-time master of the American thriller genre,” said Markus Grindel, Managing Director, Global Brand Licensing, Condé Nast. “The origins of that genre began with The Shadow stories of New York’s golden age. There’s a natural creative match at work here along with a significant through-line.”

Maybe a streaming version will be coming at some point?

I just hope they keep the series based in the more realistic pulp magazine milieu, and leave out all of the fantasy elements from the movie, radio, and comic-books.

What do you think?

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