There’s new momentum on one of the projects around town about the colorful escape artist. Houdini, a movie that Lionsgate is developing based on a biography called The Secret Life of Houdini, has attracted the interest of Golden Globe nominee Joe Wright. The director is in discussions with the studio about helming the movie, according to a person who’s been briefed about the project but not authorized to talk about it publicly. Lionsgate declined to comment.
The Times seems to think this is a "straight biopic", but as we know from previous reports, this is being shaped as a fictional action franchise, part Sherlock Holmes part Indiana Jones (although I'd be thrilled if they've changed their minds about this approach).
The last rumored director was Gary Ross. Later it was revealed there was never a deal in place for Ross, so this might be one to take with a grain of salt.