New Writer Hired for Summit's Harry Houdini Action Movie
A few days ago, I mentioned that I'm always inherently interest in movies about magicians, and here's another one. Summit previously announced that they were adapting a biography of escape artist Harry Houdini, not to make a biopic but "rather an action thriller featuring a character who is part Indiana Jones and part Sherlock Holmes." Most people balked at that, but I decided to reserve any judgment until I knew more about it. IGN has learned that Catch Me If You Can and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull writer Jeff Nathanson will write the Houdini project for Summit, which could be very good news for the project.
The book that the film is based on, titled "The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero," 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 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. Remember, this is just being used as inspiration for what will be a Houdini action flick. I don't think I need to say that I'm already excited.