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Warner Bros. adapting 1930's comic Mandrake the Magician

03.13.2012
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Apparently Warner Bros. is not scared to adapt an old property that has never successfully made it to the big screen, despite the debacle that has been the release of JOHN CARTER.

It was announced today that WB will be adapting the comic strip Mandrake the Magician for the big screen.  Mandrake was created by Lee Falk, the same artist who brought the world The Phantom.  This is another character that has been in development hell and never seen the light of day, despite names like Federico Fellini attempting to bring it to cinemas.  Two recent films were attempted starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Hayden Christensen, and Djimon Honsou.

The comic strip began in 1934 and tells the adventures of an illusionist who had the power to hypnotize his foes at great speed. With his companion Lothar, an African strongman, he fought evildoers ranging from gangsters to masters of disguise to aliens. He also had a twin brother who used his power for evil instead of good.

WB is looking to update the character, SHERLOCK HOLMES-style.  That could mean transporting the story to a contemporary setting or keeping it historically accurate but making it a little more hip and techno-savvy.

What do you think about a the potential for a Mandrake franchise?

Extra Tidbit: Mandrake the Magician makes a cameo appearance with The Beatles in YELLOW SUBMARINE.

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4:46PM on 03/14/2012
lets have a defenders of the earth movie
lets have a defenders of the earth movie
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3:03PM on 03/14/2012

Nathan Fillion or Brandon Routh

both would be great as Mandrake. I could really see Mark Strong as well; be cool to see him play something other than a villain for once. As Lothar, definitely Michael Clarke Duncan, Isaach De Bankolé or Djimon Hounsou.

Could be cool but I'm reserving judgment until I see who's directing and writing this thing.
both would be great as Mandrake. I could really see Mark Strong as well; be cool to see him play something other than a villain for once. As Lothar, definitely Michael Clarke Duncan, Isaach De Bankolé or Djimon Hounsou.

Could be cool but I'm reserving judgment until I see who's directing and writing this thing.
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8:29AM on 03/14/2012

Speaking of Lee Falk...

Am I the only one who's dying for a proper reboot of The Phantom?? Come on, its the reboot age, instead of rebooting every successful series there is (Spidey now, Batman impanding), why not reboot a francise that DIDN'T work the first time, but has a large enough mythology for a trilogy of films? The Badass character of Phantom & his awesomely mysterious world of Africa was 1 of my favorite things growing up.

As for Mandrake, that picture screams Liam Neeson, but his is a bit too overexposed
Am I the only one who's dying for a proper reboot of The Phantom?? Come on, its the reboot age, instead of rebooting every successful series there is (Spidey now, Batman impanding), why not reboot a francise that DIDN'T work the first time, but has a large enough mythology for a trilogy of films? The Badass character of Phantom & his awesomely mysterious world of Africa was 1 of my favorite things growing up.

As for Mandrake, that picture screams Liam Neeson, but his is a bit too overexposed nowadays...May be a Post-Oscar Jean Dujardin with his The Artist mustache? This can be his first entry to a big budget movie... But I don't know about his english accent though.
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8:59AM on 03/14/2012
I totally get your point. When I was a kid, The Phantom comic book was very very hard to find where I lived. Nevertheless, should they reboot/remake The Phantom a la the animated "Phantom 2040", I have no objection to that also :]
I totally get your point. When I was a kid, The Phantom comic book was very very hard to find where I lived. Nevertheless, should they reboot/remake The Phantom a la the animated "Phantom 2040", I have no objection to that also :]
9:53AM on 03/14/2012
I'm from the vicinity of India (Bangladesh), and it was really easy to find Phantom volumes in my childhood... Anyway, didn't know about the animated series, but a quick wikisearch makes it my no.1 priority. Thanks Bro!
I'm from the vicinity of India (Bangladesh), and it was really easy to find Phantom volumes in my childhood... Anyway, didn't know about the animated series, but a quick wikisearch makes it my no.1 priority. Thanks Bro!
10:33AM on 03/14/2012
You're welcome, man. I once watched it on Youtube a couple of years ago. There might be some episodes there. Good luck!
You're welcome, man. I once watched it on Youtube a couple of years ago. There might be some episodes there. Good luck!
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5:06AM on 03/14/2012

Great!!

I love Mandrake. I love the comics. Finally a movie. I hope it will be better as "Phantom".
I love Mandrake. I love the comics. Finally a movie. I hope it will be better as "Phantom".
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9:50PM on 03/13/2012
As I read this article, I have the theme song of "Defenders of the Earth" in my head. Updating Mandrake is fine - as long as he's still a magician in a sense of David Copperfield, not Criss Angel style.
As I read this article, I have the theme song of "Defenders of the Earth" in my head. Updating Mandrake is fine - as long as he's still a magician in a sense of David Copperfield, not Criss Angel style.
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7:54PM on 03/13/2012
Obviously Nic Cage and Michael Clarke Duncan.
Obviously Nic Cage and Michael Clarke Duncan.
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