Master magician Harry Houdini is apparently THE subject for film treatments in 2011. First there was that J. Michael Straczynski-penned mystery thriller built on Houdini’s real-life friendship with Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle. Then, mere days later, another Houdini/Doyle project was revealed, a Syfy series involving a female police officer and steampunk, of all things.
Now there’s yet another other Houdini project, though this one is much more grounded in reality. Heat Vision reports that Summit Entertainment has hired Noah Oppenheim to write a biopic adaptation of the book The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of America’s First Superhero. No cape and tights in this movie, however; Oppenheim’s script will explore the magician’s actual life, including his rise to success and his covert work for the U.S. Secret Service. Oppenheim replaces Jeff Nathanson, who was previously attached to write and direct.
The question is, how much Houdini can you stand? And what flavor do you want your Houdini to come in? Because by all accounts, it looks like you’re going to have plenty of options in the next year or two.
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