Screen Junkies » The Secret Life Of Houdini: The Making Of America’s First Superhero http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:19:53 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Johnny Depp In Talks To Play Preposterous Version Of Harry Houdini http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-in-talks-to-play-preposterous-version-of-harry-houdini/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-in-talks-to-play-preposterous-version-of-harry-houdini/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 17:52:44 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261842 And possibly slurry.

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Though there is no historical record that Harry Houdini enjoyed wearing fancy hats, Johnny Depp is in talks to play the famed magician anyway. There’s also no historical record that Houdini was an action hero but that is also the plan here. The Secret Life of Houdini posits that the escapist was also a British spy who gathered intel when he wasn’t busy drowning himself in front of an audience. After all, magicians are good at keeping secrets. If you kept a deck of cards crammed up your ass, you probably wouldn’t tell either.

Red 2′s Dean Parisot is attached to direct with hopes of shooting to begin in the fall before Depp has to go off and play Drunk Pirate again. It’s impossible to film both movies in tandem because if Depp forgets to wipe off his eyeliner, Houdini’s continuity will be ruined. (THR)

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Houdini Superhero Project Mysteriously Reappears http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/houdini-superhero-project-mysteriously-re-appears/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/houdini-superhero-project-mysteriously-re-appears/#comments Tue, 22 Feb 2011 19:23:26 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=29075 Harry Houdini is joining the ranks of Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe, and Leonardo Da Vinci. That's right. He's the latest historical figure to inexplicably get the action hero makeover.

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Harry Houdini is joining the ranks of Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe, and Leonardo Da Vinci. That’s right. He’s the latest historical figure to inexplicably get the action hero makeover.

While Dreamworks already has a Houdini/Sir Arthur Conan Doyle buddy flick in the works, Fox has hired Noah Oppenheimer to adapt The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making Of America’s First Superhero. So suck on that, Captain America.

The story purports that Houdini was actually a spy who worked with police organizations. At least he’s no fighting zombies. That we’re aware of. The full-on action film is being compared to Indiana Jones and will likely be rushed through production to beat Dreamworks out of the gate. I wish that I could be around a hundred years from now to watch a movie about David Blaine’s secret double-life as the anti-terror specialist that captures Osama Bin Laden. (THR)

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