‘Houdini’ Miniseries Starring Academy Award Winner Adrian Brody Greenlit by History Channel

After months in development, History Channel officially announced that their Houdini miniseries has been given the greenlight. The four-part scripted project will begin production this fall with Academy-Award Winner Adrian Brody (The Pianist) starring as the famed magician and Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) as Houdini’s wife Bess.

The series will trace Houdini’s rise from poverty to fame as his very name became synonymous with the practice of magic. In the process it will delve into the life of the man behind all of those mystifying illusions. From his battles with spiritualists to his dalliance with espionage and encounters with U.S. presidents, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin, Houdini will pull back the veil on one of history’s most fascinating figures.

“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 in a statement. “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.”

Meanwhile Brody added, “Since my childhood, when I dreamed of being a great magician, Harry Houdini has been one of my heroes. 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.”

Houdini is just the latest in History’s continued pushed into scripted television that began with their successful miniseries event Hatfields & McCoys.

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