Dreamworks Pictures just acquired a script with a high-concept so smart that it’s, well… elementary. Voices of the Dead will pair up magician and professional magic debunker Harry Houdini alongside his friend, logician and famous believer in magic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as they solve a series of murders. In the script the two sleuths join a psychic to solve the mystery. You’ve got to ‘hand’ it to screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski… that’s a ‘sleightly’ awesome idea. Hollywood Reporter broke the story.
Straczynski’s previous work includes the screenplay for Clint Eastwood’s Changeling. He also created the television series Babylon 5 and has written such high-profile comic books as Rising Stars and The Amazing Spider-Man. No word on a director or possible stars – yet. Doyle and Houdini have solved movie mysteries before: Fairy Tale: A True Story told a (true) fairy tale story of how the two great thinkers tackled a strange case in Cottingley, where a couple young girls claimed they had taken photographs of actual, real life fairies. Sherlock Holmes creator Doyle, played by Peter O’Toole, searched for proof of the fairies’ existence while Houdini (Harvey Keitel) instead strove to prove that the photographs were an elaborate hoax.
CRAVE Online will return with more Voices of the Dead news as it defyingly escapes.