Joining Cohen on the project is Etan Cohen, best known for writing Tropic Thunder and directing Get Hard. He will direct the movie for Atlas Entertainment based on a script that is still in the process of being written.
Cohen’s production is not the first time a studio has tried to bring Mandrake to the big screen. At one point, The Mask director Chuck Russell was set to helm a film starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Hayden Christensen based on the same material before it fell through:
Created as a newspaper comic strip by Lee Falk in 1934, Mandrake told of 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. Mandrake also had a twin brother who used his power for evil instead of good.
Warners picked up the rights to the character in 2012, hoping to do what Disney as well as Baldwin Entertainment and Hyde Park tried and failed to do for years earlier – develop it as a movie. (Mandrake was the subject of a 12-part serial from Columbia Pictures in 1939, and a TV movie aired in the 1970s.)
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