Warners Reviving “Mandrake the Magician”

Warner Bros. Pictures and Atlas Entertainment are teaming for a film adaptation of Lee Falk’s 30’s comic strip “Mandrake the Magician” reports Heat Vision.

The story follows an illusionist who was a powerful hypnotist and uses his abilities to fight crime with the help of African strongman Lothar.

Universal produced a twelve-part serial in 1939 with the character, which was also the last time he was seen on the big screen. Sony produced a TV movie with him in the 1970’s.

Janet Peoples and David Webb Peoples (“12 Monkeys”) were previously linked to pen a script after Atlas picked up the rights in 2009. Now with the studio teaming, new writers are being sought for a 21st century makeover akin to “Sherlock Holmes”.