The 1996 release, The Ghost And The Darkness is something of an under-appreciated film. The Val Kilmer–Michael Douglas pic grossed just $38 million at the US box office when it was released, but as we know – box office isn’t everything. It’s a wonderfully well put together, old-fashioned adventure film/thriller. Jaws with Paws, if you will.
Written by William Goldman, it’s a fictionalised account of the Tsavo Man-Eaters, two lions which attacked and killed workers in Tsavo, Kenya during the building of the Uganda-Mombasa Railway in East Africa in 1898.
The cast was great – but the behind-the-scenes talent on the film was also outstanding. The aforementioned Hopkins and Goldman were joined by cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and composer Jerry Goldsmith.
This behind the scenes image shows Kilmer taking direction from director Stephen Hopkins on the film’s railway station set.
Fun fact: Val Kilmer was researching his role for the film when he got the part of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Forever.