Noah Oppenheim (“Jackie”) has been hired to pen an adaptation of “The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of America’s First Superhero” for Summit Entertainment reports Reuters.
William Kalush and Larry Sloman penned the 2006 biography which insinuates that master illusionist Houdini acted as a spy for Britain. He was said to be in cahoots with police organizations, the Secret Service, and was asked to be an adviser to Czar Nicholas II’s court in pre-revolutionary Russia.
The aim isn’t a biopic but rather an action thriller akin to a fusion of “Indiana Jones” and “Sherlock Holmes”. Rival projects about Houdini including a DreamWorks film and a possible Syfy TV series are in the works.