Warner Bros. Pictures is developing an adaptation of Glen David Gold’s 2002 novel “Carter Beats the Devil” reports The Los Angeles Times.
The 1920s historical mystery follows a magician, Charles Carter, who uses President Warren G. Harding in a ‘sawed in half’ stage trick, only to go on the run after Harding mysteriously dies shortly after. The film will mix in other historical figures and Carter’s rivalry with an arch nemesis.
Tom Cruise tried developing a version of the story when the book came out but that version fell through. A new version of the script has been completed and Johnny Depp is at the top of the list of actors they to play Carter.