The miniseries “Houdini” was under development and in production for almost a year, with Lionsgate and A & E studios co-producing the project. The production stars Adrien Brody (“The Pianist”), playing Erik Weisz, who is known all over the world as the legendary escape artist Harry Houdini. In a recent report by Entertainment Weekly, it was announced that the miniseries will officially air on Monday, September 1, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on the History Channel. Read further to learn more about “Houdini.”
The two-night event on the History Channel will follow the rise of Houdini from poverty, achieving worldwide recognition and fame. Born in Budapest as Erik Weisz in the late 1800s, Houdini was a stage magician who was a well-known skeptic, debunking a lot of superstitions and claims made by mediums and psychics. He also became a film star.
His life story is always a point of interest, with countless movies and TV productions already done, and continue to be in development, in Hollywood. In fact, a Broadway musical and two other feature films about Houdini are currently being set.
“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,” said Dirk Hoogstra, History Channel’s executive vice president and general manager, in a press release published by The Hollywood Reporter.
In the same report, Academy Award winner Adrien Brody said that playing Harry Houdini is a great honor. He sees the man as one of his heroes, especially since Houdini not only “mastered the art of escape,” but he also broke free from the chains of poverty. Brody also said that plenty of people can identify with Houdini’s life story; hence, he remains appealing.
On July 10, 2014, Entertainment Weekly posted an exclusive first look with Brody as Harry Houdini, who bears a striking resemblance to the famed magician.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) July 9, 2014
The miniseries also stars Kristen Connolly (“House of Cards), who plays Bess, Houdini’s wife. The show is directed by Uli Edel, with Nicholas Meyer as writer and Karl Walter Lindenlaub as cinematographer. Gerald W. Abrams and Andras Hamori serve as executive producers, while Patrizia von Brandenstein is production designer.
And that’s the news about “Houdini,” a two-night miniseries that will air on the History Channel beginning Monday, September 1, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates about movies, television and celebrities.
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