Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register Now to see X-MEN First Class!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
The Empire Podcast #107: Lukas Moodysson, Marc Webb, Avi Arad
Let's go Easter Egg hunting!
Spielberg Plans The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara
Yet another potential directing job
First Jersey Boys Trailer
Clint Eastwood's musical adaptation is heating up
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
16 April 2014
New Trailer For Paul Haggis' Third Person
Run! Liam Neeson is back in Paris
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Love, Marilyn (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Detachment (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Splice (2010)
Empire Star Rating
Predators (2010)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Adrien Brody To Play Houdini
New TV series on the magician's life

11 April 2013  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: EW

submit to reddit

The US's History channel has had success in the couple of years with dramas like Hatfields & McCoys, and now they're going back to the well with a planned Houdini mini-series, with Adrien Brody set to star as the legendary magician.

Houdini, of course, grew up in Wisconsin and trained himself in magic, becoming the most famous magician in the world thanks to stunts like challenging the local police chief wherever he went to lock him up as securely as possible - and then escaping. He also spent some time debunking spiritualists and other supernatural fakers, which brought him into conflict with one-time fan Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. There are also serious claims that he may have worked as a spy around the time of World War I, when modern international espionage was in its infancy, but it's unclear at this point whether that will be part of this story.

A Houdini biopic was in the works late last year, with first Gary Ross and then Joe Wright in talks to direct a story based on The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero, by William Kalush and Larry Sloman. That's gone quiet, so it looks like the History series may go ahead first.

Whichever way you look at it, it's a good time to be a magician in general (see also today's new trailer for Now You See Me) and Houdini in particular. If you can't wait for the show, we suggest watching 2007's Death-Defying Acts, which sees Guy Pearce play the magician, and Brody's turn in The Brothers Bloom back-to-back to get a feel for it.


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

More Backstage Wolverine Pictures Arrive
Mangold gets his tweet on
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Making Of Locke: A Filmmaker's Journey
Steven Knight takes us through six pitstops (via Heston Services)

The 10 Most Exciting Movies At Cannes 2014
Empire's pick of the Croisette's finest

Tom Hardy: A Viewer's Guide
The essential, the recommended, the one for the fans... and the one to avoid

Ten Things To Know About The Spooks Movie
Under the hood of The Greater Good

Who’s In Spider-Man’s Sinister Six?
A bluffer’s guide to the planned spin-off from the Amazing Spider-films

14 YouTube Videos Every Game Of Thrones Fan Should Have Watched By Now
From goats singing the theme tune to every death in under three minutes

Hollywood's Biggest Names On Their Favourite Films
Stars and directors like Nolan, Whedon, Wright and Ford on the films that inspire them

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month 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)