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06.07.2016
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Sacha Baron Cohen Mandrake the Magician

DOCTOR STRANGE won't be the only magic game in town as The Tracking Board is reporting that Sacha Baron Cohen is attached to star and produce MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN, an adaptation of the classic comic strip by the same name. Created by Lee Falk in 1934, the strip followed the adventures of Mandrake, an illusionist and escape artist with the power to hypnotize his foes. Along with Lothar, an African prince and one of the strongest men in the world, he travels the globe solving mysteries and fighting gangsters, mad scientists, extraterrestrials, and characters from other dimensions.

MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN is being set up over at Warner Bros. and will be directed by Etan Cohen (GET HARD). The project has been in development for some time with various directors and actors attached, but it seems like it will finally be moving forward with Sacha Baron Cohen's involvement. It's still early days yet, but The Tracking Board says that plan is "to update the character for the 21st century, with Mandrake being recruited by the United States government for a secret mission." Neither of Cohen's last two flicks, THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY and ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, received an overly warm reception; perhaps MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN will put Cohen back on top and start a whole new franchise to boot.

Speaking of magic, NOW YOU SEE ME 2 will be released this Friday so make sure to check out our own Chris Bumbray's review of the film!

Source: Tracking Board

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10:57AM on 06/09/2016

OK... A few thoughts...

First of, they have to make it a period film, NOT NOWADAYS !
They have to find the right balance between action,mystery, mystic and humor... I'd prefer a more Sherlock Holmes, Man From U.N.C.L.E. or Indiana Jones feels rather than 21 Jump Street, really !
How long before they change Lothar because he's a 'clichéd representation' or something, for PC sake ?
They have to make a nod or two to Defenders Of The Earth in the movie, maybe a post-credit scene, with SUBTLE use of the music from the
First of, they have to make it a period film, NOT NOWADAYS !
They have to find the right balance between action,mystery, mystic and humor... I'd prefer a more Sherlock Holmes, Man From U.N.C.L.E. or Indiana Jones feels rather than 21 Jump Street, really !
How long before they change Lothar because he's a 'clichéd representation' or something, for PC sake ?
They have to make a nod or two to Defenders Of The Earth in the movie, maybe a post-credit scene, with SUBTLE use of the music from the theme song...
Now way and see if it's ever released from Development Hell !
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8:52AM on 06/08/2016
This is surprisingly interesting. Sacha Baron Cohen is capable of bringing serious dramatic performance if he wants to and Mandrake The Magician seem to be right between serious drama and ridiculous superhero comedy.
This is surprisingly interesting. Sacha Baron Cohen is capable of bringing serious dramatic performance if he wants to and Mandrake The Magician seem to be right between serious drama and ridiculous superhero comedy.
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8:10AM on 06/08/2016
Mandrake the Magician is a welcome addition to the current superhero renaissance. Neither the character nor the setting are the same old thing that Marvel and DC are offering. Furthermore, Sacha Baron Cohen can be a brilliant performer and a chameleon. He could make Mandrake into a memorable character and even a household name. He is that talented.

However, I have two reservations about this project. For one thing, Cohen's personality sometimes supersedes the character whom he is playing. He
Mandrake the Magician is a welcome addition to the current superhero renaissance. Neither the character nor the setting are the same old thing that Marvel and DC are offering. Furthermore, Sacha Baron Cohen can be a brilliant performer and a chameleon. He could make Mandrake into a memorable character and even a household name. He is that talented.

However, I have two reservations about this project. For one thing, Cohen's personality sometimes supersedes the character whom he is playing. He is like Ryan Reynolds playing Green Lantern or Hannibal King. For another thing, WB plans to modernize the character and setting. The studio has the same challenge that Cohen does. They must present Mandrake for current audiences while staying true to the source.
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2:24AM on 06/08/2016
Will we be getting a defenders of the earth movie?
Will we be getting a defenders of the earth movie?
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2:46AM on 06/08/2016
The theme song just flashed into my head, especially The Phantom part - The Beasts call him Brothaaaaaaaaa!!!
The theme song just flashed into my head, especially The Phantom part - The Beasts call him Brothaaaaaaaaa!!!
6:42AM on 06/08/2016
That would be so awesome!
That would be so awesome!
8:53AM on 06/08/2016
Oh yes please! But only if The Phantom is allowed to say SLAM EVIL!!! out loud.
Oh yes please! But only if The Phantom is allowed to say SLAM EVIL!!! out loud.
9:05AM on 06/08/2016
Theme tune been in my head all day now
Theme tune been in my head all day now
9:17PM on 06/07/2016
Interesting choice, but only if he won't make Borat out of Mandrake.
Interesting choice, but only if he won't make Borat out of Mandrake.
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