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Houdini escapes development hell with the help of director Francis Lawrence?

03.24.2011
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If Harry Houdini could've escaped the clutches of death, the man would be celebrating his 137th birthday today. Just in time to commemorate the occasion, Variety is reporting that Sony and its long-gestating biopic on the renowned magician and escapologist is getting back on track, possibly with I AM LEGEND director Francis Lawrence at the helm.

Variety says that while no deal has been set, Lawrence is in talks to develop a whole new take of the high-profile biopic. There are no story details to report, unfortunately. However, the film will be "a large-scale period production... emphasizing Houdini's renowned showmanship."

Sony's been trying to bring Houdini to silver screen life for decades. Back in the 90s, filmmaker Paul Verhoeven was attached to a Houdini film that was supposed to focus on the mysterious life behind the famous magician. Pity that never came to be, as I bet it would've been batshit insane on some level.
Extra Tidbit: Google's birthday tribute to the escape artist extraordinaire.
Source: Variety

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10:12PM on 03/24/2011
Wasn't there a Houdini movie with Guy Pearce and Catherine Zeta Jones a while back? Can't remember the name though.
Wasn't there a Houdini movie with Guy Pearce and Catherine Zeta Jones a while back? Can't remember the name though.
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5:51AM on 03/25/2011
Yep. DareDevil already mentioned it, but it's called Death Defying Acts and it's a great, little seen gem. Sorairse Ronan is in it too.
Yep. DareDevil already mentioned it, but it's called Death Defying Acts and it's a great, little seen gem. Sorairse Ronan is in it too.
5:33AM on 03/24/2011
And coincidentally, his last surviving assistant died sunday at the age of 103. With her goes Houdini's remaining secrets
And coincidentally, his last surviving assistant died sunday at the age of 103. With her goes Houdini's remaining secrets
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7:15AM on 03/24/2011
Nice tidbit...worth a thumbs up :)
Nice tidbit...worth a thumbs up :)
5:32AM on 03/24/2011
I've never heard this movie get any love before but Death Defying Acts was a soldid movie and Guy Pearce was great as Houdini.
I've never heard this movie get any love before but Death Defying Acts was a soldid movie and Guy Pearce was great as Houdini.
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