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Carter Beats the Devil... finally on the big screen?

03.26.2010
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Glen David Gold's book CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL hit bestseller status years ago, and has since been swirling in the mists of Hollywood's development hell.

Now it seems to have a new lease on life... or at least a new option on it. The author himself tells Film School Rejects that the novel was just optioned by Warner Bros.

Set in 1923 San Francisco, the acclaimed thriller follows magician "Carter the Great", who uses President Warren G. Harding as a volunteer in his act. When Harding mysteriously croaks a few hours later, investigators believe Harding shared a secret with him, but the magician is nowhere to be found.

The property has been on the brink before: way back in 2001, Tom Cruise held the rights and even had CHINATOWN screenwriter Robert Towne adapting the tale for Tom to potentially wear the turban.

Extra Tidbit: Cruise was reading a lot of period material around that time -- he planned an adaptation of the true WWII account "Ghost Soldiers" with Steven Spielberg, and "The War Magician", the true story of a WWII-era stage magician who is recruited by the British government to trick the Germans using magic. None have yet materialized on screen. Instead we get MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 4...

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2:41PM on 03/29/2010
I was hoping this would be about Jimmy Carter fighting Satan
I was hoping this would be about Jimmy Carter fighting Satan
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1:32AM on 03/29/2010
Makes me wish I had blind bought the books the last few times I've picked it up while browsing. Well, now's as good as ever.
Makes me wish I had blind bought the books the last few times I've picked it up while browsing. Well, now's as good as ever.
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11:16PM on 03/26/2010
Great book, one of my favourites. I have high hopes for this. Not sure who'd make a good Carter though. Maybe John Hamm?
Great book, one of my favourites. I have high hopes for this. Not sure who'd make a good Carter though. Maybe John Hamm?
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10:49PM on 03/26/2010
Cruise has seemed have to wanting to make a magician film for a while.I guess The Prestige and The Illusionist may have put that on hold but give it a couple more years and he will get his Magician movie made what ever one he chooses.
Cruise has seemed have to wanting to make a magician film for a while.I guess The Prestige and The Illusionist may have put that on hold but give it a couple more years and he will get his Magician movie made what ever one he chooses.
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10:33PM on 03/26/2010

Yeah!

My favorite book! Awesome.
My favorite book! Awesome.
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