Max Landis to Draft Columbia Pictures’ Houdini Project


One of two Harry Houdini projects in the works, Columbia Pictures’ upcoming take is set for a rewrite by Chronicle scribe Max Landis, Deadline reports. First announced in 2011, this version was initially drafted by Minority Report‘s Scott Frank and is now said to feature an H.P. Lovecraft influence.

Houdini, the iconic stage magician and escape artist, is also set to be the focus of a Summit Entertainment biopic based on the book “The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero.” Columbia’s take appears to be a more fictional approach and is said to follow the magician as he tries to expose a spiritualist as a fraud.

Landis, the son of director John Landis, is also responsible for the script to the upcoming Paul McGuigan take on Frankenstein, set to star Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy and Jessica Brown Findlay.

Jmmy Miller is producing Columbia’s Houdini film via his Mosaic Media.