Nash Entertainment is resurrecting the Masked Magician, the star of Nash's five Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed specials, which scored big ratings for Fox in the late 1990s.
The specials caused a fuss with professional magicians, who were upset that some of the industries best tricks and illusions were being dissected on primetime TV. In the fourth special, the magician removed his mask; turns out it was Val Valentino, a figure well-known on the illusion circuit.
Variety reports that Nash Entertainment CEO Bruce Nash now hopes to turn the Masked Magician into a fictionalized franchise, starting with a graphic novel to be produced by Virgin Comics. Nash hopes ultimately to use the novel as the basis for a feature film.
The novel will revolve around the fictional magician, on the lam from the law. The character dons a mask to protect himself and begins using magic to solve crimes -- and attempt to redeem himself from whatever past he's trying to escape. Taking a cue from the real-life specials, the book and movie will show how the masked magician actually conjures up his illusions.
"It's a cross between Darkman and the movie FX, " Nash said.