No, it won’t be about his deeply hidden BDSM fetish, no no, this feature-length film will be an adaptation of the Harry Houdini biography, The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero.
The book has been passing hands over at Hollywood for quite sometime, and was almost green lit when Johnny Depp was in talks to play the The King of Cards.
That, obviously, went to the way side and now Dan Trachtenberg (director of 10 Cloverfield Lane) is looking to direct the film.
Other people attached to the Houdini project are as follows: Noah Oppenheim (Jackie) as screenwriter, Frank Marshall (Back to the Future and Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark) as producer alongside Bruce Cohen (American Beauty).
The script is already finished, so it’s all up to Lionsgate to green light the whole thing.
The biography details Houdini’s life, from his impoverished upbringing to his days as the world’s greatest magician/illusionist.
The selling point? Awe factor? The zinger?
“Drawing from millions of pages of research, they describe in vivid detail the passions that drove Houdini to perform ever-more-dangerous feats, his secret life as a spy, and a pernicious plot to subvert his legacy.
The Secret Life of Houdini traces the arc of the master magician’s life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame—his legacy later threatened by a group of fanatical Spiritualists led by esteemed British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.” – Secret Life Book synopsis
Yes, Harry Houdini v. Sherlock Creator: Dawn of the Occult is happening!
Since its first Hollywood cycling as an adaptation, The Secret Life of Houdini has been described as an Indiana Jones style adventure, and with an Indiana Jones producer attached to the project it’s probably a close to accurate description.
Does Trachtenberg have what it takes to bring the magic and espionage to the big screen?