New Movie Promises 21st Century Houdini

Posted 8:44 PM May 18th, 2014 by Fred Topel
Houdini

Harry Houdini was the great escape artist who died in 1926. His exploits thrilled live viewers like few movies even do today. A new movie in development would posit a modern day Houdini, if it makes it through development. Mark Waters is attached to The Houdini Inheritance, and during an interview about the DVD and Blu-ray release of Vampire Academy, I asked him for an update.

“Houdini is in the movie in flashback.” Waters said. “It kind of posits a story where Houdini and Bess had a child that they hid from the world. We’re talking about a kid who’s 18 who’s the great great grandchild of Houdini who has the master’s gifts. He doesn’t know where it came from but it’s him discovering that he has a legacy.”

That means this hot young kid will get to perform all sorts of new magic and escapes, thanks to the powers of modern cinema. “Oh yes, all kinds of really cool set pieces.”

The Houdini Inheritance was set up at Walden Media, which ceased funding its own productions last year. That leaves The Houdini Inheritance in limbo.

“The company that was developing the movie with us, Walden, went out of business essentially. They’re no longer making movies. So we’ve taken it ourselves and we’re trying to get it set up someplace else but we’re still very interested in making it.”

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