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."