28/01/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Dark Horse comicbook El Zombo Fantasma is making the leap to the cinema screen with a movie deal. The tale 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.
David Wilkins and Kevin Munroe's El Zombo Fantasma, published by Dark Horse Comics in 2005, will be produced under the Death Ray Films banner recently formed by Chris Patton, Kevin Munroe and Robert Sanchez who are currently in production on War Monkeys.
Death Ray Films and Maya Entertainment will bring tales of the undead masked wrestler to multiple mediums starting with the live action feature followed by a new animated series. Kevin Munroe will write and direct with Chris Patton and Robert Sanchez producing. Wilkins and Munroe will co-produce. Mike Richardson will executive produce for Dark Horse Entertainment.
Jose Martinez and Kellvin Chavez will produce along with Moctesuma Esparza who will executive produce for Maya Entertainment.
Robert Sanchez told SFcrowsnest, "As a Cuban-American in this industry, I see El Zombo as a unique property that will not only showcase Latinos but also appeal to all audiences. It has action, romance, redemption and wrestling, it's a Latin Hellboy.It's the prefect date movie!"
“El Zombo is an extremely cool superhero and it's tremendous, pile-driving fun,” added Kellvin Chavez. “As a fan of wrestling, I used to watch 'Santo, el Enmascarado de Plata' one of the most famous Mexican free wrestlers, so I was excited by this project.”
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