Joe Wright Circles ‘The Secret Life of Houdini’

Noah Oppenheim wrote the screenplay based on a book that alleges the world famous illusionist was also a British spy.
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Joe Wright Circles ‘The Secret Life of Houdini’

Joe Wright is circling The Secret Life of HoudiniJoe Wright (Anna Karenina, Hanna) is in early discussions to direct The Secret Life of Houdini for Summit Entertainment. We reported in May that Gary Ross was attached to direct, although he bowed out to make Peter and the Starcatchers.

The project is based on the book written by William Kalush and Larry Sloman, which claims that world-famous magician Harry Houdini also lead a double life as a British spy. Summit first acquired the rights to this adaptation back in 2009, when Jeff Nathanson was attached to direct.

Noah Oppenheim wrote the adapted screenplay. This project should not be confused with Sony's biopic Houdini, which Francis Lawrence is directing from a script by Scott Frank.

It isn't clear which of these Harry Houdini projects will get off the ground first.

The Secret Life of Houdini was released in 2015.


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  • empath86 • 3 years ago

    At first i thought, "I'd rather see a Houdini bio pic", then i scrolled down and saw that they were going to make one. For some reason I'd like the latter to resemble The prestige in style and tone, that was an awesome film.


    • thedude-abides • 3 years ago

      Two Houdini scripts? I guess the only question is which one will land Sean Penn?


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