Back in the day before superheroes saturated the market, there was a solid effort from instructors who made them. In 1990, Sam Raimi directed Dark man, starring Liam Neeson. The film did not do well in the box office, but it did get a cult following.
Raimi then managed to direct Spider Man in 2002, and Neeson sat out there as an “action” hero, which he still does today, 104 years old or something. In a recent interview, Neeson was asked to return as Peyton Westlake, aka. Dark man. His answer:
“That’s a good question. I would be very interested in reading the script. A lot.”
Dark man was written and directed by Raimi, who said that a major influence on the film was the Universal horror films of the 1930s.
The original Dark man follows Peyton Westlake, an ingenious scientist who is left for dead but returns to take revenge on the people who tried to kill him. It starred Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake, Dan Hicks and, of course, Ted Raimi.
When it came out in 1990, it only earned about $ 48 million, but the original budget was only about $ 14 million, so it was not that bad. There have been two “direct to video” sequels, Darkman 2: The Return of Durrant and Darkman 3: Day Darkman Diebut Neeson was not in any of them.
Would you like another Dark man movie with Neeson back in the role? Maybe get Sam back too?
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