Friday, February 18, 2011

Summit Adapting Houdini Biography for Action/Adventure Film

The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of America's First Superhero by William Kalush and Larry Sloman
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Film and television projects featuring Harry Houdini seem to be coming from all directions!

A week or so ago we reported on a film project in which Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle team up with a psychic to solve a series of murders in 1920s New York City. Separately there were reports that SyFy was developing a television series centered on the two men solving mysteries, based on the graphic novel Among the Spirits by Steve Valentine and Paul Chart.

And now The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog is reporting that Summit Entertainment has hired Noah Oppenheim to adapt the biography The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of America's First Superhero by William Kalush and Larry Sloman, creating a fictional action/adventure story to feature the master magician.

None may make it into production, but the all seem to have merits.

You can read the first chapter(s) of The Secret Life of Houdini below. Use the Aa settings button to adjust text size, line spacing, and word density.


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