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Johnny Depp to play Harry Houdini?

May 28th, 2014 by Derek Robertson Comments

Johnny Depp needs a hit. No doubt about it after all the films that have either been complete box office flops or movies that have under-performed. Although it has been announced that Depp will be donning the Jack Sparrow outfit again in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in 2016 and it will be a pretty much a guaranteed cash cow, the franchise has, quite frankly, outstayed its welcome.

With the rumours circulating the Internet suggesting Depp is being considered a potential candidate for the role of Dr Strange, it would obviously be a wise move for Depp to enter a new franchise and take up the offer. Nevertheless, these are only rumours and Kevin Feige himself has said it would be a bit obvious.

However, there has been some news doing the rounds about another superhero role that sounds like it has great potential.

Now it’s not Dr. Strange but Depp is currently in negotiations to Star as the famed magician Harry Houdini in The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero. And, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate’s Summit Label are taking on distribution duties with Depp’s producing partner Christi Dembrowski at Infinitum Nihil producing the film.

The story is going to be in a similar vein to Indiana Jones and will have Houdini being an investigator of the world of occult as well as being a master escape artist.

The screenplay has been penned by Noah Oppenheim based on the book of the same name written by William Kalush and Larry Sloman.

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Derek Robertson has dabbled in many aspects of the media industry from a young age. He has always had an admiration for, film, science fiction and all things geek-like. Working in the music industry with Sony/BMG Records gave Derek insight and experience into video directing. Thusly, for many years he took a hands-on, multi-disciplinary approach in creating and editing treatments; working with performance artists, writing and producing music and working both; in front of, and behind the camera. Studying a Msc in Forensic Psychology has embedded a conceptual ethos that has spawned his signature writing style that he now infuses whilst blogging for numerous websites; writing music reviews, movie news, and reviewing network shows et al., . Derek continues to try and erase the boundaries between the homogenous and the insanely dull, culturally enmeshing contemporary socio-political aspects into the mix of the monolithic media industry.