Max Landis Hired to Pen New Life and Magic Into Sony's HOUDINI

By Amirose Eisenbach January 14, 2014

Two films centering on the same content, releasing at the same time, is not a new thing in Hollywood. We've seen this with "The Illusionist" and "The Prestige", "Volcano" and "Dante's Peak" and countless other occurrences. We heard a while back that two upcoming films will both center on illusionist Harry Houdini, one being distributed by Sony and the other by Summit. Now comes a new development on Sony's project.

Screenwriter Max Landis, best known for penning Josh Trank's "Chronicle", has been hired to rewrite "Houdini". Scott Frank drafted the first script when Francis Lawrence was originally attached to direct. Lawrence then make the big-career decision to take over "The Hunger Games" franchise and now Sony is looking for a new director.

Landis has also penned the script for Paul McGuigan's "Frankenstein", which stars James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, as well as Nima Nourizadeh's "American Ultra", which stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. He seems like a great choice to breathe some new life into this project and his version is so to embrace a new Lovecraft angle for the illusionist.

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Source: Deadline

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