Greenlighting follows the success of History's first miniseries effort 'The Bible'
Scripted program traces the arc of Houdini’s life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame. Brody will play the renowned magician, with Kristen Connolly co-starring as his wife Bess.
Gerald W. Abrams and Andras Hamori are exec producing “Houdini,” with Nicholas Meyer writing and Uli Edel directing. Mini is a co-production by Lionsgate and A+E Studios.
“It’s not magic that History has established a strong track record with its high-quality historical dramas from quality auspices. We’re excited to build on that tremendous momentum with ‘Houdini,’” said Dirk Hoogstra, EVP and General Manager at the cabler. “The Great Harry Houdini is a fascinating man in history and I have no doubt that Adrien Brody will bring the magician’s riveting story to life for our audience.”
Brody added: “Since my childhood, when I dreamed of being a great magician, Harry Houdini has been one of my heroes. His bravery and obsessive determination still fascinate me. Houdini mastered the art of escape – not only from physical chains, but from poverty and the social constraints of a humble immigrant origin. His life story appeals to the universal longing for acceptance with which we all can identify. To portray him is beyond an honor.”