Wednesday, June 03, 2009

No Escape For "Harry Houndini"...

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Writer Jeff "Catch Me If You Can" Nathanson will both script and direct an adaptation of author William Kalush and Larry Sloman's "The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero" for Summit Entertainment, producers of "The Twilight Saga" film franchise.

The book, published in 2006, suggested that 'Harry Houdini', famous magician and escape artist, was a spy for Britain and adviser to Czar Nicholas II's court in pre-revolutionary Russia.

The book also portrays Houdini as a 'debunker' of con artists, exposing 'fraud mediums' as part of his act, theorizing that his death from a blow to the stomach was caused by an organized conspiracy by the 'spiritualist 'movement.