Dr. Mabuse: One of Film’s Greatest Villains in New German Version

Dr. Mabuse, one of the greatest villains in film history, is returning to German cinema.

Based on the novels of Norbert Jacques and immortalized on screen by Fritz Lang in three films, including the 1922 silent classic Dr. Mabuse the Gambler and the 1933 sequel The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, the new adaptation will be produced by Rat Pack Filmproduktion, Artur Brauners CCC Filmkunst and Universum.

CCC holds rights to the pulp villain, a doctor of psychology, master of disguise and powerful telepathic hypnotist who loathes humanity, and whose ultimate goal is to destroy the world rather than simply ruling it.

Like other screen villains, such as Dr. Caligari, Fu Manchu and Fantomas, Mabuse boasts strong recognition among local and European auds.

Brauner, who bought the rights to the character in 1953 from Jacques, produced Langs final Mabuse film, 1960s The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse, and made some popular sequels starring Gert Froebe (Goldfinger), Lex Barker and Wolfgang Preiss as the evil doctor.

In 1990, Claude Chabrol revived the character in Dr. M, starring Alan Bates and Jennifer Beals.

Rat Pack topper and producer Christian Becker (The Wave) sees the new Dr. Mabuse as a contemporary action thriller with socio-critical overtones.

Shooting is set to start next year.