Adrien Brody to Play Houdini in History Channel Miniseries

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Houdini Miniseries Adrien Brody Adrien Brody to Play Houdini in History Channel MiniseriesHarry Houdini was only 52 when he died in 1926, leaving behind an incomparable legacy. Born as Erik Weisz in Budapest, Houdini clawed his way up from poverty to become a world-famous stage magician, escape artist, debunker of superstitions, and film star. A figure as accomplished as Houdini naturally invites the biopic treatment – so much so that multiple movies and television specials have already been made about his life, including a proposed feature film by director Gary Ross (The Hunger Games).

Such is Houdini’s appeal that History Channel has decided to create a new interpretation of his life, tentatively (and unsurprisingly) titled Houdini. A big part of this project’s appeal may come from its headlining star – Academy Award-winner, Adrien Brody (The Grand Budapest Hotel).

EW has announced that History Channel has wrapped up a deal for Adrien Brody to star in a miniseries covering the whole of Harry Houdini’s life and career. The project will be produced by Gerald Abrams (Modern Marvels), who has overseen television projects nearly forty years. For the moment, Brody is the only actor attached to the series.

Houdini sees History Channel branching even further into scripted entertainment. The network has seen previous success with miniseries with The Hatfields and the McCoys and The Bible. In addition, the ongoing series Vikings has seen good-enough ratings and critical press that it has recently secured a second season.

Houdini 1912 Adrien Brody to Play Houdini in History Channel Miniseries

Image of Harry Houdini preparing to escape from a sealed box after plunging into the East River.

The miniseries will mark the first time Brody has worked in television since his early career. This may speak to the strength of Houdini‘s material, but may also be indicative of Brody being unable to secure a seriously standout role since his Oscar-winning turn in The Pianist. Few performers have ever been as beloved and mythologized as Houdini; as such, the role would be a tempting one for any experienced actor. That Brody bears a (certain) physical resemblance to the master escapist is a bonus.

Even with the little information we have on Houdini at this time, it sounds like a promising project. History Channel’s fictional projects have so far been somewhat critically divisive, but have also attracted viewers curious to see what a network previously devoted to documentary and reality programming can do with scripted shows. We’ll be watching closely to see how Houdini shapes up.


Houdini does not currently have a release date. Don’t let any new details escape by keeping your eyes on Screen Rant.

Source: EW

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  1. Now THIS is a good idea. Brody is an enormously talented actor and desperately needs something worthy. While I’ve always liked the fact that he marches to his own beat in terms of his career, he must have owed the producer of that last “crapfest that shall remain nameless” some serious dough. The History Channel came through for Costner. Here’s hoping it does the same for Brody.

    • @weetiger

      His eyebrows are enormously talented, but he isn’t…

  2. I don’t remember Houdini having depressed eyebrows 24/7… Oh well, there’s another show I won’t be watching…

    • Please, tell us what you DO remember about Houdini?

      And what other shows will you not be watching? It’s probably a very long list, but I care so very much!

    • I agree, Ken. He looks nothing like Houdini. Not saying he can’t act, but he’s not the greatest talent, either.

      • Yeah, all those silly Oscar winners are mediocre actors.

        • I believe Daniel Day-Lewis should have easily won that year for his performance in Gangs of New York. If not him, then Michael Caine in The Quite American. In my opinion, yes, Brody is a mediocre talent, but of course, your opinion must be more valid than mine…

          • It is lol

            • Just proves opinions are indeed like a**holes…everyone has one.

              • That makes no sense. Unless you say “and they all stink” at the end of that statement, the comparison is very random and pointless, because everyone has a lot of the same things, such as brains. And if you do say they all stink, you’d solely be admitting that yours stinks, and that’d just be your opinion (so it wouldn’t apply to everyone) – meaning your argument just collapsed in on itself.

                • Ronnie, Ronnie, Ronnie…rolling my eyes here.

                  Just let it go, and move on.

                  • Let what go?

                • Wow, it’s never happened to me before that I start reading something, and after a few words my brain blanks out and I literally read “blah blah blah blah blah blah blah” but it just happened… o_O

            • He definitely is a great actor. :-)

        • @Cave-ish Man

          Psh, it’s not like people win oscars for political reasons almost as much as they do for talent or anything…

    • Sir, please shut up, if you don’t like the premise of it, keep it in your head, don’t extrovert it.

      • @Daniel

        Oh, sorry sir, I forgot to run it by you before I commented. Oops, my mistake. It will never happen again…

  3. awesome! where has adrien brody been? I feel like I haven’t seen him in anything for forever

    • @movieDude

      He was last seen trying his hardest to seem like a tough guy in Predators… And failing horribly, but his eyebrows were excellent, very moody, dark, melancholy…

  4. How did victor Garber never play Houdini? The dude looks identical to him

    • Wow…spot on.

    • @Jeremy

      Nah, that would make too much sense… Stop with that crazy talk, how dare you challenge the brody??

  5. interesting I`m up for this

  6. Gerald Abrams, father of self-made man J.J. Abrams, the flopmeister who is totally not a son of Hollywood.

  7. Brody is top notch, no doubt, but I wanted him for Snake Pliskin in the Escape from New York reboot.

    • @Stark

      WOW, really? Did you hate Escape from New York that much that you’d want to mock it with this guy? Did you see Predators and how he was doing the Batman voice the whole time trying so desperately hard to sound like a “tough guy” when honestly if he’d just spoken normally it wouldn’t have been so laughably bad?? Now you want him to try to do the Batman voice with an eye patch on???

      • Is your Avatar a resemblance of you. Perfect…an ugly face. Eyebrows are what you use as a measure of an actor’s abilities…seriously. Adrian Brody is a phenomenal actor and he has an Oscar to prove it. Perhaps you like the Three Stooges. They are probably your favorites.