Johnny Depp in Talks to Headline ‘The Secret Life of Houdini’Posted: May 28, 2014
For Screen Rant, Molly Freeman reports: Johnny Depp has portrayed a number of famous historical personalities over the years – including, American filmmaker Ed Wood in Tim Burton’s movie of the same name, ‘20s era bank robber John Dillinger in Public Enemies, and journalist/author Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas among others. With these roles under his belt – as well as many popular fictional characters – he has become one of the most successful and well-known character actors in Hollywood.
Now, Depp may tackle another historically famous and beloved character: the legendary magician, escape artist, and stunt performer, Harry Houdini.
THR reported that Depp is in negotiations with Lionsgate/Summit to star in their upcoming film, The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero. The movie will delve into both Houdini’s illusionist career, as well as his legacy of investigating and disproving spiritualists and the occult. (This version of Houdini’s story has been likened to an Indiana Jones-style adventure.)
Dean Parisot (Red 2) will direct and Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner) adapted the script from William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s original book of the same name. Christi Dembrowski, Depp’s producing partner at his production company Infinitum Nihil, is also in talks to produce the Houdini film, along with Frank Marshall (The Bourne Legacy) and Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook).
Though Depp has seen major box office success in the past with characters like Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean and the Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland fame, his most recent films – Transcendence and The Lone Ranger – haven’t been as well received. His history has proved that he’s able to take familiar characters and create something original and entertaining – but are these most recent flops be the beginning of a new (and troubling) trend?
Fortunately, Depp has a slew of other films slated before The Secret Life of Houdini…(read more)
- Johnny Depp in Talks to Play Houdini in THE SECRET LIFE OF HOUDINI (collider.com)
- Johnny Depp Will Play Harry Houdini, “America’s First Superhero” (slashfilm.com)
- Johnny Depp May Materialize in Harry Houdini Movie (variety.com)
- Johnny Depp, Houdini Talks No Further Along When Deadline Wrote About It In January (deadline.com)
- Newswire: Johnny Depp still in talks to star as Houdini (avclub.com)