Studio acquires rights to Houdini, Doyle fictional tale
DreamWorks is looking to the afterlife, buying “Voices From the Dead” from J. Michael Straczynski.Project, which hasnt been set with a producer, centers on a fictional story of magician Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle using a psychic to solve a set of murders in New York during the 1920s. Houdini and Doyle were real-life friends who met in 1920 in New York. The duo had long-running arguments about the existence of the supernatural — which Houdini often debunked in his stage act. Doyle wrote four “Sherlock Holmes” novels and 56 short stories about the detective. Straczynski’s credits include “The Changeling” and “Ninja Assassin.” He was a writer-producer for “Babylon 5” and “Jeremiah.” Straczynski’s repped by CAA.