Summit Entertainment has picked up film rights to “The Secret Life of Houdini”, William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s 2006 biography of famed illusionist Harry Houdini says Reuters.
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.
The studio intends to turn the book into an action thriller that could lead to a potential franchise. Scribes are currently being sought.