Dust off your dad's encylopedias and search for some cool tidbits, aspiring screenwriters, because Hollywood's buying weird historical-ish movies these days. DreamWorks just bought an original script called Voices From the Dead by J. Michael Straczynski (Changeling). It's all about the real life friendship of illusionist Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

While the two were actually friends, they never teamed up with a psychic to solve murders in 1920s New York. Nope, they just wrote mystery novels and escaped from things. And yet, that's what this movie is going to be about. Nothing ever stopped Hollywood from sexy-ing up true/old timey stories! With any luck, this will feature even more gadgets and fast/slow motion sequences than Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, or David Fincher's upcoming smash hit Gutenberg, about the life of Johann Gutenberg. He invented the movable type printing press... AND HE ALSO FOUGHT MONSTERS WITH A BIKINI BABE. (Hollywood Reporter)