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Friday, 27 March 2009

The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Summit Entertainment snapped up the feature film rights to the book, "The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero."

The biography was written by William Kalush and Larry Sloman.

Published in 2006 from Atria Books, the book postulated that Harry Houdini was really a spy for Britain and was also asked to be an adviser to Czar Nicholas II's court in prerevolutionary Russia. In addition to this, the book "portrayed the master escape artist and magician as a debunker of con artists who pretended to be spiritualists, leading to the controversial theory that Houdini's death was caused by the spiritual movement as payback."

The studio is not looking to make a biopic but rather an action thriller featuring a character who is part Indiana Jones and part Sherlock Holmes. Summit hopes to cash in on worldwide recognition of Houdini’s name while potentially launching a franchise.

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