http://www.moviehole.net/news/20070425_russell_doing_mandrake.html I'm officially worried. Not because of Chuck Russel in the director's chair. The man can produce at least some fun stuff and doesn't take himself too seriously. The problems come with the two hacks that are writing the script. They already butchered a Clive Cussler novel in Sahara, and a Ray Bradbury short story in "A Sound of Thunder". And I heard that their movie script "Dead of Night", based on the Italian comic-book Dylan Dog, was so bad, that the creator asked for the name of the main characters to be changed so they won't be connected to the books. In the past many directors and actors had Mandrake as their dream project: A Federico Fellini directed movie with Marcello Mastroianni (which resulted in a cameo in "L'Intervista") A Bob Swaim project starring Kevin Kline in the mid-80s A Julien Temple project with David Bowie An Alain Delon project with himself and Cassius Clay as Lothar in the 70s A movie produced in the late 80s by the just born (and soon dead) Penta America with Bruce Willis and Mike Tyson And I remember an interview with Sergio Leone who had a project on a Phantom movie (he started to write a screenplay and to scout locations) and declared he would have liked to follow it with a Mandrake movie.