Coming off two success stories with “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and “21 Jump Street”, filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are hoping to make it a hat trick with one of their next projects – the historical mystery tale “Carter Beats the Devil” at Warner Bros. Pictures says Heat Vision.
The duo are reportedly in talks to direct the project based on the 2001 novel by Glen David Gold which Hollywood has been trying to adapt for a decade.
Set in the 1920s, the story centers on Charles Carter, a real-life stage magician who performs a trick involving then-President Warren G. Harding. When the president is later found dead, Carter is forced to go on the run and clear his name.
Various other key historical figures from Harry Houdini to the Marx Brothers fit into the story. Jon Shestack is producing from a script by Michael Gilio. Lord and Miller remain attached to the CG “Lego” feature at the studio.