The television mini-series has seen a bit of a resurgence in popularity over the last few years, with the two shining lights being 'Hatfields & McCoys' and 'The Bible.' Both broke various ratings records, and received wide critical acclaim to boot. While the two productions really don't have much in common, they do share one major factor: the History Channel. The cable network produced and aired both series, and now has it sights set on another drama based on historical events.
Harry Houdini is the most famous magician/escape artist in history, his name itself having become a household word. The name Houdini is as synonymous with magic and trickery as the name Einstein is with being extremely intelligent. His incredibly fascinating life has been chronicled (both directly and indirectly) in multiple films, but none have ever really made their mark as the definitive portrayal of the master of magic. That's what History is now setting out to do with 'Houdini', a four-hour mini-series about the man's life and career.
Cast in the film so far are Oscar-winner Adrien Brody as Houdini himself, and 'House of Cards' Kristen Connolly as his wife/assistant Bess. No premiere date for the program has been announced as of yet, but principal photography is expected to commence soon. History's next mini-series to make air will be a new version of 'Bonnie & Clyde.' That project stars Emile Hirsch and Holliday Granger, and will debut this fall on both History and its sister network Lifetime.
Does the prospect of a Houdini mini-series intrigue you? Is Adrien Brody a good choice for the lead?