Skull Scribe Explores Houdini’s Spy Life

Jeff Nathanson (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Rush Hour”) has signed to write and direct “The Secret Life of Houdini” for Summit Entertainment says The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s 2006 Harry Houdini biography, the tome suggests Houdini was a spy for Britain and was asked to be an adviser to Czar Nicholas II’s court in pre-revolutionary 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 theory that his death was caused by the spiritual movement as payback.

Summit plans to turn the book into an action-adventure themed feature.