Gary Ross is in talks to direct "The Secret Life of Houdini" says Heat Vision.
An adaptation of William Kalush and Larry Sloman's 2006 biography of famed illusionist, Harry Houdini which posited that he acted as a spy for Britain and was asked to be an adviser to Czar Nicholas II in prerevolutionary 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 controversial theory that Houdini's death was caused by the spiritual movement as payback.
Noah Oppenheim wrote the most recent draft.
The film hopes to be a period action thriller tentpole ala Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes".