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Gary Ross may have been booted from directing THE HUNGER GAMES sequel, but he did cement himself as a sought after director. With a wide range of projects to choose from, he seems to be close to making that next film HOUDINI for Summit Entertainment.

The film will be based on The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of America's First Superhero, a biography of Harry Houdini by William Kalush and Larry Sloman. The book claims that Houdini was a secret agent working with the Secret Service. No word yet on whether the film will be a true biographical take on the magician's life or an action thriller in the vein of Guy Ritchie's SHERLOCK HOLMES films.

While Ross has directed quality film in both PLEASANTVILLE and SEABISCUIT, THE HUNGER GAMES was simply decent filmmaking with atrocious action scenes. But, maybe a period piece is what he needs next. His well known attention to detail has made him a very particular filmmaker.

What do you think about a Gary Ross HOUDINI film?

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7:29AM on 05/03/2012

I'll see it!

I've always found Houdini fascinating. Not sure about the whole Secret Service thing...no other bio of him mentions this...and not sure about making him a superhero, as this smacks more of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (true person with fictional secret life) than Sherlock Holmes (fictional person). Could suck if they do it wrong. I'll wait and see.
I've always found Houdini fascinating. Not sure about the whole Secret Service thing...no other bio of him mentions this...and not sure about making him a superhero, as this smacks more of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (true person with fictional secret life) than Sherlock Holmes (fictional person). Could suck if they do it wrong. I'll wait and see.
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12:10AM on 05/03/2012
I would absolutely like to see a Houdini film, but I am a sucker for biopics.
I would absolutely like to see a Houdini film, but I am a sucker for biopics.
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10:43PM on 05/02/2012
Pleasantville is a very good, underrated movie, and I'm sure Hunger Games' action scenes would have been improved if not PG-13. That, and I just can't believe that there hasn't been a Houdini film that I can recall in the past 20 years. A straight-up bio-pic might be nice, but this interpretation could be fun too.
Pleasantville is a very good, underrated movie, and I'm sure Hunger Games' action scenes would have been improved if not PG-13. That, and I just can't believe that there hasn't been a Houdini film that I can recall in the past 20 years. A straight-up bio-pic might be nice, but this interpretation could be fun too.
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