Abracadabra! McG is Directing Film Based on the Famed Magic Castle
Just two weeks ago, we found out that 20th Century Fox is planning on making Hollywood's Magic Castle the setting for a feature film, with Todd Field (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Jumanji) producing. The hundred-plus year old mansion is an exclusive club for magicians and their guests (the public must be invited by a member to attend), where they can perform illusions ranging from card tricks to bigger stage performances ala The Prestige. Now, THR reports that McG (Charlie's Angels, Terminator Salvation) will direct from a screenplay by Sabrina the Teenage Witch duo Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari. Read on!
As with the secret to most magic tricks, the story for this one is being kept under wraps, but there is a lot of potential to bring magic a jolt of popularity again. Neil Patrick Harris is the president of the Academy of Magical Arts, and he and some fellow celebrity magic enthusiasts occasionally perform at the castle, so perhaps he'll be involved in the movie version in some way. I've been to the castle before, and its winding halls and incredible decor (it looks exactly the way you imagine it would inside) would be an awesome setting for a great movie. McG's work always makes us roll our eyes, but perhaps the location and the eventual story they come up with will end up taking center stage this time. Thoughts?