Warner Bros. is developing “Carter Beats the Devil,” Glen David Gold’s novel about real-life magician Carter the Great, and set it up with Jon Shestack (“Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”) to produce.
Project had previously been in development at Paramount, which had optioned the property in 2002 for Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner to produce.
Warners has tapped Michael Gilio to adapt the novel with an eye toward focusing on the magician’s skills and abilities to deceive.
“Carter,” Gold’s first novel, starts with the mysterious death of President Warren G. Harding and the invention of TV by Phil T. Farnsworth. It follows the life and magic of Carter the Great, from his first magic show in the blizzard of 1897 when he was 9 years old.
Jon Berg is overseeing the project for Warners.