After finally pinning down Francis Lawrence of 'Water for Elephants' to direct and Jimmy Miller of 'The Other Guys' to produce, Columbia Pictures is currently looking at 'Minority Report' screenwriter Scott Frank to pen the script for their upcoming and long-awaited 'Houdini' biopic. Some of Frank's past works include 'Out of Sight' and 'Get Shorty' amongst others, which leads us to wonder where Elmore Leonard fits into the equation. Either way, the guy knows how to write and that's enough to get us interested.

The story of 'Houdini' is said to revolve around the famed escape artist Harry Houdini's relationship with a beautiful spiritualist who he becomes obsessed with after trying to debunk her supernatural claims. No word yet on a release date or who's set to play Houdini himself, but we've got our theories.

So what do you think about this latest development: are things falling into place, or is this a train wreck waiting to happen?
[via The Hollywood Reporter]
Get Shorty
R 1995
Based on 22 critics

Loan shark (John Travolta) teams with movie producer (Gene Hackman) to be film mogul. Read More

Out of Sight
R 1998
Based on 30 critics

A federal marshal (Jennifer Lopez) and a robber (George Clooney) fall for each other. Read More

The Other Guys
PG-13 2010
Based on 35 critics

Two desk-bound detectives (Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg) get a chance to work on a real case. Read More

Water For Elephants
PG-13 2011
Based on 35 critics

A former veterinary student joins a traveling circus and falls in love with a performer. Read More

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