Walden Media is developing a new Harry Houdini film project, and they've hired Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak to write it. The production company has been trying to make this film since 2006. The initial script was written by Brett Merryman and was then worked on by Josh Klausner over the years. They're obviously still trying to get it right, and maybe Fedak is the one that will take it to the next level.
Mark Waters is set to direct the film which "centers on an unsuspecting high schooler who finds himself in grave danger when he discovers a family secret leading back to the legendary illusionist. Using clues left through the centuries, he must race to uncover the greatest magical secret known to man."
Waters is known for directing films such as Freaky Friday, Mean Girls, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Mr. Popper's Penguins and a few other mediocre films. That give us a good idea of what kind of movie this is going to be. I love magic, and I'm a big fan of Houdini and his history. This sounds like it could be a fun movie, and I hope it turns out good, but with Waters attached to direct I don't think it will end up being anything special. Maybe something the kids will end up enjoying. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how it turns out if it ever atually goes into full blown production.