Variety is reporting Chuck Russell has been signed to direct the Mandrake movie based on the King Features Syndicate comic. The movie is being produced by Baldwin Entertainment Group.
Mandrake was an illusionist whose work was based on an impossibly fast hypnotic technique. As the narrator informed us: “Mandrake gestured hypnotically” and the subject or subjects of this hypnosis would suddenly see a cane transformed in a bouquet of flowers or a cat into a tiger. Mandrake also worked against crooks and other bad guys in his spare time. This would include common gangsters, mad scientists and aliens from space. In their case, he would gesture hypnotically and they would see their guns change into snakes or red hot irons.
I’ve liked the concept of Mandrake since I first discovered him way back in the 70s, but I am wondering at what time period the movie will take place. Certain flicks like The Illusionist and The Prestige have something to do with this interest in period magicians, and I’m hoping this movie will remain true to the original.
LOL! Like that will happen!