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Johnny Depp To Star In Long Developing 'The Secret Life Of Houdini'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2014 5:53 PM
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"The Secret Life Of Houdini" has been kicking around Hollywood for years now. Gary Ross and Joe Wright kicked the tires on the project but ultimately decided not to direct, with the less illustrious name of Dean Parisot ("Red 2," "Fun With Dick And Jane," "Galaxy Quest") signing up to direct last summer. But now the film has received a kick in the pants, thanks to none other than Johnny Depp.

Rupert Sanders Prepares 'The Kill List,' 'Red' Director Conjures 'Houdini' & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • June 21, 2013 12:40 PM
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  • 1 Comment
We reported way back in October that various people were trying to get different projects based on the life of escapologist Harry Houdini off the ground, but doing so is proving harder than getting out of a tank of water while shackled (you know, for someone who isn't Houdini). Disappointingly, Joe Wright is no longer being linked to Summit Entertainment's project, which features a script based on the book “The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero." Word now is focusing on Dean Parisot, chiefly a comedy and TV director but also maker of the upcoming “Red 2”, the kind of kinetic, lighthearted action that the Houdini flick is likely to aim for (taking its cure from the huge success of Guy Ritchie's “Sherlock Holmes”). Could be interesting?

'Anna Karenina' Director Joe Wright Could Direct 'The Secret Life Of Houdini'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 12, 2012 8:15 PM
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The great escape artist and magician Harry Houdini was all the rage earlier this year. DreamWorks acquired a Houdini-centered spec script from “Changeling” writer J. Michael Straczynski called “Voices From The Dead,” Sony enlisted the upcoming "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" filmmaker Francis Lawrence to direct an untitled biopic and Summit paired with hot new screenwriter Noah Oppenheim (the "WarGames" remake) to adapt "The Secret Life of Houdini."

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