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History Channel Conjures Adrien Brody for ‘Houdini’ Miniseries

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After earlier this week renewing its first original scripted series ‘Vikings‘ for a second season, coupled with ‘The Bible‘s’ major success, History has conjured up its next big miniseries to market. The History Channel has officially announced development on ‘Houdini’ (tentative title), an account of the world-famous magician Harry Houdini with Adrien Brody in the leading role. Will it prove as big a success as ‘The Bible’ or ‘Hatfields & McCoys‘? Preview History’s next magic trick inside!

‘The Bible’ may have proven one of History’s biggest success stories to date, but sequel volumes aren’t readily available, depending on your religious bent. Instead, Entertainment Weekly reveals that History will next look to adapt the life of world-renowned magician Harry Houdini into its next original miniseries, tapping Adrien Brody for the title role.

The latest series from the network that recently renewed ‘Vikings’ for season 2 will follow the turn-of-the-20th-century magician’s life as he rose from desperate poverty to worldwide fame as one of history’s great illusionists. TV producer Gerald W. Abrams (J.J. Abrams’ father, who knew?) is attached as an executive producer, while his role in the unofficially titled series will provide Brody with a rare television turn for the otherwise Academy Award-winning star.

What say you? Do you think History has another major success on their hands with Adrien Brody as Houdini?

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