Summit Locks Up Houdini Project
Tue, 07 Apr 2009 14:41:18
Summit Entertainment has picked up the rights to The Secret Life Of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero, a biography penned by William Kalush and Larry Sloman. It was published in 2006 by Atria Books and generated controversy for hinting that famed magician Harry Houdini was actually a British spy and that he was asked to be an adviser to Russia's Czar Nicholas in pre-revolutionary times. The book also posited that the magician was able to expose con artists passing as spiritualists and that his death was at the hands of disgruntled cons.
Summit does not want to make the film a traditional biopic. Instead, it will be an action-thriller with the main character exhibiting qualities similar to fictional film icons such as Indiana Jones and Sherlock Holmes. The studio hopes to use the instantly recognizable name "Houdini" to develop the property into a franchise. Summit is currently seeking writers to adapt the book.
Houdini has generated plenty of Hollywood interest over the years, with a slew of studios and A-listers considering films based on his life. Only few Houdini projects have ever come to fruition.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff