Newswire: J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot has been secretly working on a 4k Phantasm restoration

Long before J.J. Abrams was handed the keys to the Star Wars kingdom, he got his start composing part of the score for Don Dohler’s 1982 cheapie Nightbeast. So it makes sense that, presumably in tribute to his drive-in roots, Abrams’ Bad Robot has been secretly working on a 4k restoration of the 1979 drive-in classic Phantasm. Not only that, but Abrams stated earlier this year that The Force Awakens‘ chrome-plated bad girl Captain Phasma was influenced by the deadly silver balls in Don Coscarelli’s film. According to Ain’t It Cool News, the Bad Robot-funded restoration of Phantasm will come from the original camera negative, will be the first “flat-out beautiful release (high def or otherwise)” of the film.

Phantasm is a weird little film,—shot on nights and weekends over the course of a year—that features a “hot as love” guitar-slinging ice cream man …

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