For Houdini’s next trick, it will come in the form of a four-hour miniseries on the History Channel. Since Hatfields and McCoys shook up the cable networks’ ratings during the summer of 2012, miniseries have been making a comeback…outside of the premium channels.
Houdini will star Oscar winner Adrien Brody in the title role of Harry Houdini. Kristen Connolly is attached to co-star as his wife, Bess. The miniseries will air over four one-hour episodes.
According to a release from the network, the miniseries will trace his life from growing up in poverty to his worldwide fame.
“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, HISTORY. “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.”
“It’s exciting to be working with HISTORY, Adrien and our extraordinary creative and producing partners on HOUDINI,” said Kevin Beggs, President, Lionsgate Television Group. “We’re also delighted to be expanding Lionsgate’s overall relationship with A+E Networks.”
“Since my childhood, when I dreamed of being a great magician, Harry Houdini has been one of my heroes,” said Adrien Brody. “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.”
Nicholas Meyer will write while Uli Edel directs. Gerald W. Abrams and Andras Hamori will serve as executive producers. The miniseries is co-production by Lionsgate and A+E Studios. Production will start this fall.