Michael Chabon's new HBO series: Magicians Vs. Hitler

When he's not working Disney's John Carter of Mars script or penning Pulitzer Prize-winning novels, apparently Michael Chabon is pitching alternate-history series to HBO about the magicians that fought Hitler. Which sounds fantastic.

According to Variety HBO has picked up Chabon's new TV show called Hobgoblin, which is about "a motley group of conmen and magicians who use their skills at deception to battle Hitler and his forces during WWII."

Fingers crossed this includes Jasper Maskelyne and his "magic gang," who used their skills of illusion to confuse and befuddle German troops.

Top image: "The Rabbit of Maskelyne" by Adria Fruitos: A tribute to Maskelyne, a British magician who fought against Nazis with his magic.