Early-20th-century pulp hero to receive big screen treatment.
Warner Bros. is teaming up with Atlas Entertainment to develop a new big screen feature based on Lee Falk’ pulp comic classic ‘Mandrake the Magician.’
Created in 1934, the comic strip followed 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.”
The property was previously turned into a 12-part serial in 1939 starring Warren Hull as Mandrake and Al Kikume as Lothar. Anthony Herrera played the title role in a TV movie back in the 70s.According to THR, Warner Bros. is looking to give the character a contemporary update.