Syfy Drama Teams Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle

harry houdini-arthur conan doyle

Deadline.com reports that Syfy is developing a drama series, featuring magician and escapologist Harry Houdini and author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who team up to solve mysteries in the 1920s. Titled AMONG THE SPIRITS, the project is based on a self-published graphic novel of the same name by writers Steve Valentine and Paul Chart. The drama is described by Syfy’s president of original programming Mark Stern as a cross between The Wild Wild West and Guy Ritchie’s 2009 movie Sherlock Holmes. In the drama, Houdini and Doyle try to solve bizarre murders and seemingly haunted and supernatural events, with the help of a female cop. Entertainment One (Haven) will produce Among the Spirits; Valentine and Chart will help to write and produce, along with Daniel J. Frey.

But wait! This is not the only murder mystery with supernatural overtones that is in the works. Deadline.com recently reported that DreamWorks has acquired the script to Voices from the Dead, an original screenplay written by J. Michael Straczynski (Changeling, Thor). Voices from the Dead is partially an examination of Houdini and Doyle’s real-life relationship set within a fictional 1920s New York, where they investigate a set of murders with the help of a psychic.

And still there’s more! Examiner.com revealed in December 2010 that Jon Vinson’s self-published comic book series, Edge of the Unknown, would be adapted into a live-action movie by Jack Reher (Red Machine). This project also teams Houdini and Doyle in 1923 Hollywood, where they solve a supernatural mystery with the involvement of horror author H.P. Lovecraft.

Otherworldly coincidence?