Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
100 Greatest Videos Games Of All Time
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Empire Visits The Hobbit's VFX Team
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Promotion: Destiny Awaits
Win a limited edition PS4 and a copy of Destiny
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Pierce Brosnan's The November Man Wins A Sequel
Relativity Studios has it in development
John Lithgow Talks Pixar's The Good Dinosaur
'They have completely reimagined it...'
New Trailer For In Order Of Disappearance
Stellan Skarsgård has a revenge mission
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
10 June 2014
Hugh Jackman Reveals A First Look At Blackbeard
From Joe Wright's Pan
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Pan
17 July 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Anna Karenina (2012)
Empire Star Rating
The Hunger Games (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Hanna (2011)
Empire Star Rating
The Soloist (2009)
Empire Star Rating
Atonement (2007)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Joe Wright Considering Houdini
He 's in talks for Summit's biopic

14 October 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: LA Times

submit to reddit

Real-life magician, escapologist and – according to some – spy Harry Houdini has fascinated and frustrated Hollywood in equal measure for years now. More than one film is in development about him, but none seem to be able to clamber out of the locked development chest. Summit is hoping that interest from Hanna / Anna Karenina director Joe Wright could help its take finally find the screen.

The film, which would adapt William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s fascinating and well-researched book The Secret Life Of Houdini, follows a big chunk of the man’s life and makes some interesting claims, including the claim that he worked as an intelligence agent during his travels in Germany, long before the formal creation of the CIA or MI6.

Houdini’s life was certainly colourful, with his womanising, ambitious escapes and notorious (if likely apocryphal) death-by-stomach-punch. Gary Ross had most recently been circling the idea, lured by the concept and Noah Oppenheimer’s script, but he’s moved on to Peter And The Starcatchers, and the few who saw it may recall that Guy Pearce starred in Death-Defying Acts as the magician a few years back.

It’s still very early days for Wright on the film, and he’s only in early discussions that could lead nowhere. But if he does take the job, expect a Houdini resurgence in the next couple of years between this and the Hugh Jackman / Aaron Sorkin musical…


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Chris Boal Re-Writing Old Man's War
Wolfgang Petersen still attached
Arrested Development S4 Extended?
Update: More episodes will be shot!

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes
An exhaustive chronology of George Lucas' post-release tinkering

Gamescom 2014: The 10 Most Exciting Games
Zombies! Guns! Tombs! Sheep! Watch the trailers right here...

Who Is Mack Bolan? Your Guide To Cinema's New Action Man
As Bradley Cooper lines up to star as the hero, here's your handy guide to his story so far

Classic Feature: Empire Meets Uwe Boll
'I'm probably the most hated director in the world right now.'

Film Studies 101: A Film Buff's Guide To Movie Movements
Everything you need to know about cinema's key groups

The 100 Greatest Games Of All Time
You voted, we counted, and here they are: beat-'em-ups, shoot-'em-ups, RPGs, JRPGs, MMORPGs, RTSs, first-person shooters, platformers, sims and much more!

Lists Of Our Lifetime: Empire's 25 Greatest Battles
From smalltime scraps to epic struggles, these are the conflicts that have stunned cinema since 1989

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)