New Comic Book Flick Alert: Mandrake the Magician!

I'm not much for magicians, but apparently this Criss Angel guy is pretty famous, right? He's got a TV series called "Mind Freak," so somebody out there knows who he is. Anyway, he's turning an old comic book called "Mandrake the Magician" into a movie.

According to CinemaBlend.com, Mr. Angel will not only be starring in the "Mandrake" adaptation, but he'll be working on the special effects, too: "I think with my show and how it?s based in reality it would be interesting to try and have that kind of transfer over into a movie. So that when you?re shooting this stuff it?s shot practical, and people can really get a sense of what?s happening and that it is really real. It has that quality about it, that spirit, you can?t get from CGI."

Created in 1934 by Lee Falk, Mandrake was turned into a 12-part movie serial in 1939. (Falk also created "The Phantom," which became a Billy Zane movie in 1996.)

Looks like Angel's already snagged a director, too. It's Chuck Russell, the popcorn movie maker responsible for "The Blob," "The Mask," and "The Scorpion King." The actor / magician also seems to claim that movies and magic don't always go so well together. Guess he missed "The Prestige" and "The Illusionist."

Source: CinemaBlend.com

Comments

Metafact

Jane Holt

[b]No good magic movies? LOL![/b]
That last comment (along with the uninspiring director involved) already tips me off to the fact that this Mandrake film is probably going to suck. It's clear that Criss Angel is oblivious to what's going on in the film industry.

Remember when Darren Aronofsky was making The Fountain and he kept talking about how there are no movies that explore immortality (completely ignoring the Highlander series, Tuck Everlasting, The Spring, and two whole Star Trek films)? Then The Fountain came out and it ended up being a major disappointment (yes, I know there are many of you who love that film, I'm merely speaking from a historical point of view). That's because Aronofsky didn't explore any themes that hadn't already been explored, since he mistakenly believed that his film was doing something completely new.

I was never a fan of Criss Angel, mainly because I thought he was basically a gothed-out ripoff of David Blaine. This project has "B-movie" written all over it.

Jun 5 - 01:48 AM

BrokebackYoda

Jake Rooney

Yay.......sense the sarcasm.

Jun 5 - 06:50 AM

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bob jones

if anybody sees this movie, they are an idiot. the end.

Jun 5 - 06:58 AM

mojodaddy

joe fish

Criss Angel is awesome. Stop the bitching. I probably won't see this but he is fun to watch.

Jun 5 - 07:34 AM

IMAmoose24

Eric Schulze

Prepare your mind... For the MIND EXPLOSION!

Jun 5 - 10:26 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

"Mind Explosion"? lol. Gotta love that Chris Angel, huh? I gotta go with Metafact on this one, he's a gothed out David Blaine. I remember Chris Rock calling David Blaine a "trickless magician". It was a funny joke, but far from accurate. Sure, a lot of his big tricks are stupid. But the same goes for Chris Angel. Both of them are best when doing small tricks in the street. I have no assumptions about this movie though, but Angel loses points for his closing comment for sure.

Jun 5 - 05:50 PM

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Steven Edwards

I can't watch his show, he's too annoying.

Jun 6 - 12:27 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

I prefer Blaine. "Because you see, ..it changes."

Jun 6 - 02:16 AM

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bob jones

matanuki, please. his name is "criss"

Jun 6 - 06:37 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Yeah yeah. And if you say it, does it make a difference? ;-)

Jun 6 - 10:23 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Yeah yeah. And if you say it, does it make a difference? ;-)

Jun 6 - 10:23 AM

Callpacas

Khim Lo

A two-piece Copperfield, a flying Blaine and Angel in a robot duking it out in a satire of TV magic! Now that's something to watch!!

Jun 6 - 10:48 AM

lindsey

lindsey H

he said that movies and magic don't ALWAYS go together that doesn't mean they never have and he's right they don't always go together well it's hard to do what he does on his show and make it believable

Jul 10 - 01:05 PM

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