“The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross is in negotiations to helm “Houdini” for Summit Entertainment says Heat Vision.
An adaptation of William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s 2006 biography of the famed illusionist, the comprehensive novel became known for insinuating that Harry Houdini acted as a spy for Britain and was asked to be an adviser to Czar Nicholas II’s court in prerevolutionary Russia.
The book also portrayed the master escape artist and magician as a debunker of con artists who pretended to be spiritualists, leading to the controversial theory that Houdini’s death was caused by the spiritual movement as payback.
Noah Oppenheim penned most of the recent draft. The film aims to be a period action thriller tentpole like Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” films.