Walden Media Plans Houdini Movie

A young descendent finds his secrets

The trend for trick-themed movies is continuing as Narnia producers Walden Media have pulled a tale about a young illusionist out of their hats.

In a shocking move, it’s not actually based on a children’s book. No, this is a Walden original, and though it doesn’t yet have an actual title, it does have a plot- a 14-year-old discovers that he’s a descendent of Harry Houdini. When he learns of his legacy, he kicks off a journey of discovery, learning some of his ancestor’s past along the way.

"Houdini has exerted a fascination on people for the last hundred years," producer Jason Hoffs told The Hollywood Reporter. "The movie takes place in the present, but our lead character and the audience will learn some of the secrets of what Houdini was really up to."

There’s no director attached yet, and the company is currently looking for a writer.