Ever since Summit snapped up the rights to William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s book The Secret Life Of Houdini, The Making Of America’s First Superhero back in 2009, there’s been talk about a movie adaptation. This isn’t surprising, as Houdini’s a fascinating figure, and the book claimed that Houdini was an undercover agent for the British, American and other secret services. However, so far that’s all it has been – talk, despite the big commercial success of the Now You See Me films. Gary Ross and Joe Wright were both going to direct at some point, and then it was Dean Parisot, this time with Houdini actually cast in the form of Johnny Depp who I think would have been great as the famed illusionist and escape artist..
However, that was in 2014, and obviously it didn’t work out. However, word is now out that Lionsgate, who bought Summit, still want to get the project off the ground, and that 10 Cloverfield Lane‘s director Dan Trachtenberg is in talks to take the job as director. Even if he gets the gig, I wouldn’t hold out hopes for a script to be written any time soon….