Friday, May 4, 2012

HOUDINI (Director Attached)


Gary Ross the Man on Fire!
In development at Summit Entertainment for some time, Houdini appears to have found a director in The Hunger Games' Gary Ross. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Ross is currently negotiating to bring the story of the master magician to the big screen.

Based on the biography, "The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero," by William Kalush and Larry Sloman.

The comprehensive novel, published in 2006 by Atria Books, became known for insinuating that Harry Houdini acted as a spy for Britain and was asked to be an adviser to Czar Nicholas II's court in pre-revolutionary Russia. The book also portrayed the master escape artist and magician as a debunker of con artists who pretended to be spiritualists, leading to the controversial theory that Houdini's death was caused by the spiritual movement as payback.

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