I’m a fan of magic. Yes, Magic: The Gathering, but also the more traditional form of the word as well. Not sure what it is, but it’s probably just my desire to want to figure things out that makes me captivated at how some people are able to do what they do. And one of those magic masters is the legendary Houdini, who was able to do incredible feats of magic and stretch the capabilities of his human body to dazzle the audience.
And a movie on his life, based on William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s book The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero has been in the works for quite a while now, but has not really found someone who is willing to take it further yet. However, Deadline is reporting that 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg is in talks to direct The Secret Life of Houdini. If he signs on, we might finally star seeing some traction on this movie and hopefully get a decent movie about this masterful magician finally made.
It’s been one of those strange peculiarities that with all the mystery and intrigue surrounding the magician’s life, that movies about him have not really gained traction. However it does seem like all that is about to change, as it’s not just this movie, because Max Landis is also reportedly writing a competing Houdini project for Sony, which is a look at the life of famed magician Harry Houdini during the time he lived in New York during the early 20th Century.
So, it’s still early days and things may not work out – but the chances of the world’s greatest illusionist being the subject of a decent movie could be upon us soon. Or perhaps it’s just another trick that is getting played for me to figure out.
Last Updated: December 1, 2016