Nathanson to Helm The Secret Life of Houdini


Jeff Nathanson (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, “Rush Hour” movies) has signed to write and direct the adaptation of William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s Harry Houdini biography “The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero” for Summit Entertainment, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The book, published in 2006 by Atria Books, insinuated that Houdini was a spy for Britain and was asked to be an adviser to Czar Nicholas II’s court in pre-revolutionary Russia. The book also portrayed the master escape artist and magician as a debunker of con artists who pretended to be spiritualists, leading to the theory that his death was caused by the spiritual movement as payback.

Summit is looking to create an action-adventure film.