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At the beginning there was no master plan. The original Phantasm was intended to be a stand-alone film. However, after seeing how Phantasm II worked (starting the sequel the moment after the original ended), and the power of the fan response to the sequel and their speculations, the pattern of the storyline evolved easily.
In 2005, New Line Cinema entered into serious talks with Coscarelli to remake the Phantasm series as a new trilogy and offered him the chance to be the executive producer of the project. Coscarelli and Stephen Romano
wrote a script which was a hybrid sequel/remake, having Mike, Reggie and the Tall Man pass the torch onto a new generation of characters. However, New Line didn't like the sequel ...
His Phantasm movies