After it was revealed that director Gary Ross wouldn't be returning to The Hunger Games franchise, people wondered what could have possibly come along to tear him away from the multi-million dollar film series. Well, now we seem to have our answer. According to Heat Vision, Ross is in negotiations with Summit Entertainment to adapt the Harry Houdini biography, The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero.
The biography, which was written by William Klaush and Larry Sloman, chronicled the life of the world-famous magician, and it also brought to light new evidence that Houdini might have been hired by the U.S. government to spy on other countries while he was performing abroad. The dense book followed Houdini's life from his birth in 1874, through his death in 1926. Along the way, it dealt with his early years as an escape artist, his rise to fame, and his contentious battles with known Spiritualist, and Sherlock Holmes creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Heat Vision goes on to state that the studio is looking to turn this movie into a franchise where Houdini is presented like an Indiana Jones-type action character. That isn't quite how the book itself presents Houdini, but his life was colorful enough to easily support this vision.
[via Heat Vision]