I think it’s amazing that a movie about legendary escape artist and magician Harry Houdini hasn’t been made yet.
But maybe performers like David Blaine and Criss Angel satisfied the appetite for such stunts. And movies like Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige and Neil Burger’s The Illusionist (both of which came out in 2006) told stories somewhat similar to Houdini’s.
Now, however, the original is getting some attention, courtesy of a History Channel miniseries starring Adrien Brody and directed by Uli Edel (The Baader Meinhof Complex). Here is the trailer for the two-part series, which will be broadcast on Sept. 1 and 2.
If Brody wanted a vehicle to show off his body wearing nothing but trunks or underwear, I think he’s found it. But hopefully, he and the filmmakers believably recreate stunts like freeing himself from a straitjacket while being suspended upside-down by a crane or digging himself out after being buried alive.