Hollywood to make magician Houdini biopic
Hollywood production house, Summit Entertainment, has signed up writer-director Jeff Nathanson to write and direct the adaptation of William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s Harry Houdini biography “The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero”.
The book, published in 2006 by Atria Books, was controversial for alleging that Houdini was a spy for the British Empire 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 conmen and pretended to be an ardent spiritualist.
Nathanson, who made his directorial debut with the crime caper “The Last Shot” has worked on two Jackie Chan “Rush Hour” movies and Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” He also wrote Spielberg character pieces “Catch Me If You Can” and Tom Hanks starrer “The Terminal.”