IGN has learned that Catch Me if You Can and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull screenwriter Jeff Nathanson might be writing a Houdini movie for Summit Entertainment.
In March it was announced that that Summit had acquired the rights to William Kalush and Larry Sloman‘s biography The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero. The book was somewhat controversial, as it implied that the famous magician and escape artist acted as a spy for Britain and was asked to be an adviser to Czar Nicholas II’s court in pre-revolutionary Russia.
The studio plans to adapt the book into an action thriller “featuring a character who is part Indiana Jones and part Sherlock Holmes.” Sounds like it could be fun. Imagine Indiana Jones, but instead of a whip, he had magic tricks and misdirection. I’m in.
The Daily Swarm is reporting a story from Hits Daily Double that hack director Brett Ratner is in talks to direct a movie based on the Milli Vanilli story for Universal. Rush Hour screenwriter Jeff Nathanson has written the screenplay about “one producer and two lip-syncing male models who sold millions of records and won a Grammy before their scam was revealed.” Kathleen Kennedy is attached as executive producer.
I hate to report on news or rumors from websites I’ve never heard of, especially when I can’t seem to find the news report on the source site, but sometimes the story is too good to pass up. The project is real, and was even announced in 2007, but as for the Ratner talks — For now lets mark this purely as a rumor.
As much as I dislike Ratner, I think he would be a good fit for this project, especially considering he can relate to the material — Ratner is a mediocre director pretending to be a good director. I kid, I kid… the shot was open, I had to take it. But honestly, tackling a Milli Vanilli biography could mean one less franchise film that Ratner might ruin. And that reason alone makes it worth it. I would rather Ratner stick to making movies about Milli Vanilli and Hugh Hefner over a remake of Conan or Beverly Hills Cop sequel.
BOM is reporting that Paramount Pictures has decided to release the upcoming fourth installment of the Indiana Jones Trilogy on Memorial Day Weekend 2008.
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