Post by Tonto's Vixen on May 27, 2014 16:16:37 GMT -5
Christi Dembrowski, Depp's producing partner at Infinitum Nihil, also is in negotiations to produce the Dean Parisot-directed movie.
Is Johnny Depp looking to pull a vanishing act?
The actor is in negotiations to star as famed magician Harry Houdini in Lionsgate/Summit's The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero. Dean Parisot (Red 2) is directing. The story, which is said to be in the vein of Indiana Jones, recasts Houdini as not just a master escape artist but an investigator of the world of the occult. Noah Oppenheim wrote the screenplay, which is based on William Kalush and Larry Sloman's book of the same name.
Depp is coming off two box-office disappointments in Transcendence and The Lone Ranger. But he also is set to revisit two blockbuster franchises in the coming year with Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and a sequel to Alice in Wonderland, both at Disney. Alice 2, also known as Through the Looking Glass, will shoot next, after he finishes the Whitey Bulger crime drama Black Mass. The only question is whether Secret Life of Houdini shoots before Pirates. Lionsgate is eyeing a November 2014 start, which would push Pirates' production to early 2015. Depp teamed with Lionsgate on the upcoming film Mortdecai, which will be released Feb. 6, 2015.
Christi Dembrowski, Depp's producing partner at Infinitum Nihil, also is in negotiations to produce Secret Life of Houdini alongside Frank Marshall (The Bourne Legacy) and Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook). Dembrowski and Depp also produced Mortdecai. Depp is repped by UTA.
Oh gosh, Johnny loves magic-- this would be so great for him!! I always remember watching a movie as a kid with Tony Curtis as Houdini... where he's trapped in the water tank, gasp I guess it'd be hard to forget that definitive performance, but then again that movie must be at least 50 years old (and come to think of it, I can't remember when I saw that last)
Well, doesn't he have a membership to the Magic Castle? And taken his kids there for their birthdays? I think it's been mentioned in articles mentioning those attendances that he's a huge fan, which doesn't surprise me at all
BTW I was reading about Tony Curtis' Houdini movie (it was from 1953), and it said that in the movie, Houdini dies from being in that water tank (I remember a scene with them breaking the tank open with a hatchet or something, and they rescue him, but in the movie it's actually too late and he dies anyway). But that's not how he died at all- he had a ruptured appendix and died of peritonitis. Also, I saw some mention of a theory that he was murdered (poisoned) but didn't read into it yet. Anyway, I'm sure that a film about Houdini made in the 2010's will not make up a fake death I guess they got away with that sort of thing in the '50's.
I can see easily Johnny on this role But the things what makes me a little less enthusiast it's the weird description of the movie as a sort of mix between Indiana Jones and Sherlock. I would be more confident if it were a biopic
But then, also another websites, present a totally different vision about what this movie is about based on the book. so I'm hopeful
And i would be even more hopeful with a different director, too
This doesn't make me sad i have to admit...they are offering the role to Ryan Gosling
The Secret Life of Houdini was originally set to star Johnny Depp, but he is making Pirates of the Caribbean 5 next. Dean Parisot is directing, and they want to get moving on this adventure movie that reimagines Houdini's secret life soon. They don't have time to wait for Johnny Depp.
I would love to see Johnny in a Houdini biopic (and i can't imagine Ryan Gosling -who looks like the exact opposite to Houdini - on this role) but the movie and the director and even the name about the "america's first superhero" doesn't sound good to me (and why america? he was hungarian!)