Screenwriter Scott Frank (Minority Report, The Lookout) is in talks to write the biopic Houdini for Columbia Pictures.

We reported back in March that Water for Elephants director Francis Lawrence is attached to the project, which takes a more conventional look at magician Harry Houdini's life than other projects currently gestating. This tale will center on Harry Houdini's attempts to discredit a beautiful spiritualist, although he becomes obsessed with her and starts to believe she is actually the real deal. Jimmy Miller will produce through his Mosaic Media production company.

Back in February, we reported on two new Harry Houdini biopics moving forward. One is entitled The Secret Life of Houdini, which is based on a biography of Harry Houdini written by William Kalush and Larry Sloman. Summit Entertainment hired Noah Oppenheim to adapt the book, which alleges the magician also carried out secret spy missions for the British government.

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A few weeks before that news broke, we /dreamworks-acquires-voices-from-the-dead/reported DreamWorks had bought the J. Michael Straczynski screenplay entitled Voices From the Dead, which stretches the boundaries of Harry Houdini's real-life friendship with Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle. In this story, both Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle team up to solve bizarre mysteries in 1920s New York City.

No production schedule has been released for any of these three Harry Houdini movies yet.