Over the years, we’ve had a wealth of Harry Houdini biopics (mostly made for television), but this one sounds the most intriguing by far, if not the most “accurate.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Summit Entertainment has optioned the movie rights to “The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero,” by William Kalush and Larry Sloman. The book makes many controversial allegations against the well-known escape artist, including that he was a spy for Britain and propositioned to be an advisor for Czar Nicholas II before the Bolshevik Revolution, and that his death had something to do with revenge by the spiritual movement for his constant debunking of their beliefs and practices.
So it seems a far cry from that lovely little 1953 film starring Tony Curtis, but you can’t say it doesn’t sound intriguing. It reminds me a whole lot of George Clooney’s biopic of Chuck Berry, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Although, “biopic” apparently isn’t what they’re going for, but rather an “action thriller” with the hopes of turning Houdini into an Indiana Jones-type hero and starting up a potential franchise.
I don’t really know that we need another one of those and it’ll probably end up blending in with all of the others, but I’m willing to see what they do with it. You have my permission, Summit Entertainment. Proceed.