Dan Trachtenberg May Have Handcuffed Himself To The HOUDINI Biopic

Dan Trachtenberg May Have Handcuffed Himself To The HOUDINI Biopic

According to Deadline, Trachtenberg is now in negotiations to direct the Lionsgate's upcoming biopic about the master escape artist, Harry Houdini. So far no actors have been officially attached to play the lead, but reports from years back have mentioned Johnny Depp to have been in the running. Producing are veteran Frank Marshall (of "Raiders" and "Bourne") and Bruce Cohen ("American Beauty"). Trachtenberg's doing his own thing here, and using the words from William Kalush and Larry Sloman's book The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero, to flesh out the storyline. Houdini died on Halloween in 1926. At that time, "Red 2" director Dean Parisot was attached to helm the film.

Frank Marshall (Jurassic World, Jason Bourne) and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Silver Linings Playbook) are still attached to produce, with hot writer Noah Oppenheim (Jackie, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, The Maze Runner) now penning the script.

Trachtenberg made his feature film debut on "10 Cloverfield Lane", a science-fiction psychological thriller that was written by Josh Campbell, Matthew Stucken and Damien Chazelle. The film starred John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher, Jr., and followed a young woman held in an underground bunker with two men who insist that the Earth has become uninhabitable. "10 Cloverfield Lane" was produced by J.J. Abrams and generated over $110 million in worldwide box office.

Trachtenberg is repped by ICM Partners and Oasis Media Group.