The prevailing narrative surrounding the prospect of Frank Zane portraying the Silver Surfer is shrouded in an intriguing blend of speculation and near-execution. As per existing accounts, the notion of Zane assuming the iconic role in a multimillion-dollar cinematic production almost materialized, or so the reports suggest. Yet, an astute query arises upon witnessing Zane’s guest appearance on the television show “Hart to Hart” in 1981. The prospect of Zane headlining a two-hour cinematic spectacle, laden with financial investment, propels this conjecture into the realm of fantastical reverie, akin to the cinematic aspirations epitomized by the 1980 production “Xanadu.”
It beckons a reflection on the very plausibility of Frank Zane, despite his notable physique and on-screen presence, anchoring a Silver Surfer movie of substantial magnitude. The comparison to “Xanadu,” a musical fantasy from 1980 produced by Lee Kramer and featuring Olivia Newton John, becomes emblematic of the fantastical nature of such an endeavor. Intriguingly, it was under Kramer’s management that Olivia Newton John starred in “Xanadu,” and the parallel dream of a Silver Surfer film with Zane at the helm remains an unfulfilled aspiration within Kramer’s cinematic ambitions. The intersection of reality and cinematic aspiration, embodied in Zane’s television cameo and the unmaterialized dream of a Silver Surfer epic, invites contemplation on the delicate boundary between speculative fantasy and tangible cinematic endeavors.
- Around 1979, Movie Producer Lee Kramer had a vision for a cosmic rock opera based on the story of the Silver Surfer.
- Kramer wanted Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to write a standalone graphic novel entitled The Silver Surfer, which could then be adapted to a movie that Kramer would produce.
- “We’re going to make an epic picture on the scope of 2001: A Space Odyssey with the kind of soundtrack that that film had, only using contemporary rock and roll, “It’s even conceivable that the Surfer might have a chant or a fanfare made up of one thousand electric guitars. Doing the Silver Surfer has always been a dream of mine, and now it’s going to be realized,” according to Kramer.
- Kramer reached to Beatle Paul McCartney’s management to write the music for the film, and his management said Paul was very interested
- According to Men’s Health:
The plot of this movie would have followed Zane’s Surfer as he betrays his master, Galactus, and travels to Earth, where he sees that humanity has the potential to help him defeat the planet-devouring villain. Galactus then tries to lure the Surfer back to him by creating a golden female counterpart for him, named Ardina. This character was created especially by Stan Lee to be played by Kramer’s then-girlfriend, actress and singer Olivia Newton-John, one of whose best-known hits, ‘Physical’, almost made it into the movie:
“Lee Kramer was managing a bodybuilder named Frank Zane who was Mr. World,” recalls Olivia Newton-John in her book Don’t Stop Believin’. “Lee had heard the song ‘Physical’ in its early stages and thought it would be perfect for an upcoming Silver Surfer movie, based on the comic, that he had optioned for Frank to star in. Lee told me about the song and then casually asked, ‘Maybe you could sing it?'””Lee Kramer was managing a bodybuilder named Frank Zane who was Mr. World,” recalls Olivia Newton-John in her book Don’t Stop Believin’. “Lee had heard the song ‘Physical’ in its early stages and thought it would be perfect for an upcoming Silver Surfer movie, based on the comic, that he had optioned for Frank to star in. Lee told me about the song and then casually asked, ‘Maybe you could sing it?'”Men’s Health
According to an Ebay listing apparently selling the Silver Surfer test proof movie poster:
SILVER SURFER TEST PROOF MOVIE POSTER — ORIGINAL ONE SHEET MOVIE POSTER FROM 1979 .THIS IS A TEST PROOF MOVIE POSTER OF A FILM THAT WAS SLATED TO BE MADE BUT NEVER REACHED FRUITION . THE PHOTO ON THE POSTER IS OF FRANK ZANE WHO WAS IN PRE-PRODUCTION STARRING AS THE SILVER SURFER . WITH HIS BODY PAINTED SILVER AND HOLDING TITLES SUCH AS MR AMERICA , MR WORLD AND COUNTLESS OTHERS HE WAS POISED TO PLAY A GREAT SILVER SURFER . DUE TO LEGALITIES THE MOVIE NEVER GOT MADE BUT THIS WAS THE FIRST ATTEMPT AT A SILVER SURFER MOVIE BEING MADE IN 1979 . ONLY A HANDFUL OF THESE EXIST .POSTER DOES STATE ON BORDER – LK PRODUCTIONS INC / MARVEL COMICS GROUP 1979 . UBER RARE POSTER !!!!! POSTER MEASURES 25″ X 38″ . THIS POSTER IS IN OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION AND ROLLED WITH A 4 INCH TEAR ON RIGHT SIDE OF BORDER .THIS POSTER IS NOT REPRO OR REPRINT , THIS IS AN ORIGINAL THEATRICAL ONE SHEET MOVIE POSTER PRINTED BY NATIONAL SCREEN SERVICE .PLEASE CHECK OUT MY OTHER AUCTIONS OF GREAT MOVIE MATERIAL ON EBAY THIS WEEK .ALL MY MERCHANDISE IS 100% GUARANTEED THAT IF FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER YOU WERE NOT HAPPY WITH YOUR PURCHASE YOU CAN RETURN IT FOR A PROMPT REFUND INCLUDING YOUR SHIPPING COSTS .I ACCEPT PAYMENTS VIA PAYPAL. $10.00 SHIPPING ANYWHERE IN THE U.S.A. . $25.00 SHIPPING ANYWHERE OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.A. . — Thanks,TOM I DO COMBINE SHIPPING . I ACCEPT PAYPAL .I DO COMBINE SHIPPING . I ACCEPT PAYPAL . I SHIP WORLDWIDE. I DO COMBINE SHIPPING . I ACCEPT PAYPAL . I SHIP WORLDWIDE .
Below is concept art attributed to Lee Kramer, he may have commissioned it, published in Sean Howe’s “Marvel Comics: The Untold Story”
The producer of Xanadu thought it would be a good idea to make a Silver Surfer musical starring Frank Zane.
Sagan was another would be movie starring Frank Zane.
Frank Zane’s guest appearance on Hart to Hart in 1981.