Warner Bros. to Bring Mandrake the Magician to the Big Screen

Warner Bros. has plans to bring Mandrake the Magician to the big screen, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter. The studio is developing a feature based on the comic strip character, whose origins date back to 1934.

Created by Lee Falk (who would go on to create “The Phantom”), Mandrake is a specialist in hypnosis and illusion who uses his magical abilities to fight crime alongside Lothar, an African Prince and one of the strongest men in the world.

Mandrake the Magician has been adapted before, originally as a theatrical serial in 1939 with Warren Hull as Mandrake and Al Kikume as Lothar.

In recent years, a new version of Mandrake has made its way around Hollywood, but the new take on the material is said to be wholly separate and planned as a contemporary adventure.