J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot has been "secretly restoring" Don Coscarelli's 1979 horror movie Phantasm, according to AICN.
It's a bit of surprise, but keep in mind that J.J. Abrams is clearly a huge fan of the cult classic. Several months ago, Abrams revealed Gwendoline Christie's Star Wars: The Force Awakens character, Captain Phasma, got her name from the film. "Phasma I named because of the amazing chrome design that came from Michael Kaplan’s wardrobe team," he told Entertainment Weekly for their fall preview issue. "It reminded me of the ball in 'Phantasm,' and I just thought, Phasma sounds really cool."
And it sounds like Abrams is sparing no expense to make sure Phantasm looks as stunning as possible. "He put his money where his mouth was and has meticulously spearheaded a complete 4k restoration from the original camera negative," reports AICN.
See the banner image above? That's a sample of the impressive 4k restoration.
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