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'Houdini' miniseries coming to History

'Houdini' miniseries coming to History
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Harry Houdini, the famed escape artist, is getting a four-hour miniseries exploring his life on History.

The channel announced the miniseries was greenlighted Monday with Oscar winner Adrien Brody set to star as the master performer and "House of Cards'" Kristen Connolly as his wife, Bess.

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According to History, the miniseries will follow Houdini's entire life, from his beginnings in poverty to his eventual status as internationally famous magician and escape artist. (Fans of Comedy Central's "Drunk History" got a recap of the end of Houdini's life in a recent episode.)

Production on the miniseries is expected to begin this fall with Oscar-nominated director Uli Eidel behind the camera, working from a script by Nicholas Meyer. Meyer is an interesting choice as writer, since Houdini was a contemporary of Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle and Meyer is famous for writing the Doyle pastiche "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution."

History had had a fair amount of success recently with its miniseries "The Bible" and "Hatfields & McCoys" becoming ratings successes.

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