With the rights having been bought way back in 2009 and several directors and actors been and gone, Dan Trachtenberg is the latest filmmaker to join Lionsgate's venture to make a Houdini movie.
We've already seen Joe Wright (Atonement, Pan) and Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) join and leave the directors chair for this film as well Johnny Depp having departed after showing interest in playing the leading role of famous escape artist, Harry Houdini.
The movie would be based on the novel The Secret Life of Harry Houdini, The Making of America's First Superhero, the rights for which Lionsgate bought in 2009. The book was known for claiming that Houdini may have been a secret undercover agent, having worked for British Intelligence and the US Secret Service.
It would certainly be a different take on the magician movie genre that we've seen previously, such as Christopher Nolan's The Prestige. We don't know exactly how much into the secret agent claims the movie is going to go, but with Trachtenberg on board it will certainly have a darker feel to it. If you've seen 10 Cloverfield Lane or indeed the episode of Black Mirror he directed, you'll know that Trachtenberg knows how to do 'dark and intense'.
It's still early days here, despite it being 7 years, and we have no news of a shoot date or even a cast to join Trachtenberg's film.