Warner Bros. Pictures has resurrected the magician tale “Carter Beats the Devil” which was originally in development back at Paramount in 2002 reports TheWrap.
Glen David Gold’s debut novel is a fictionalised biography of the successful 1920’s real-life magician Charles Joseph Carter (aka. Carter the Great). Carter invites then President Warren G. Harding on stage where he cuts him up and restores him.
Two hours later though the President is dead and Carter is at the centre of some very unwelcome attention. Various historical figures are part of the narrative including Harry Houdini, the Marx brothers and BMW founder Max Friz.
Michael Gilio will adapt the novel and Jon Shestack (“Air Force One”) will produce. Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner were previously set up to produce the property back at Paramount.