Warner Bros. Conjures Up an Adaptation of 'Mandrake the Magician'
Magic has been on the collective minds of the studios over the past year or so, with a few mystical-themed movies set to hit theaters soon. There's Burt Wonderstone, which will see two magicians pitted against each other, and Louis Leterrier's Now You See Me, a heist movie in which the FBI faces off against a Robin Hood-esque band of illusionists. Now Warner Bros. is looking to the past to contribute to this present Hollywood trend, as THR reports the studio has picked up the rights to Mandrake the Magician, a pulp comics character from the 1930's created by Lee Falk, the author who also created The Phantom comic.
Mandrake is considered by some to be the first superhero ever depicted in comics. He's a magician skilled in quick hypnotizing, and along with his amazingly strong African sidekick Lothar, Mandrake uses this power to fight all sorts of evil - mad scientists, gangsters, even aliens. Warner Bros. is looking to update the character for modern audiences, similar to their Sherlock Holmes, and this looks like a cool opportunity to bring a unique mixture of magic, adventure, and pulp humor alive. If Shane Black can't get his Doc Savage adaptation off the ground, maybe he could direct this after finishing Iron Man 3. Thoughts?