DreamWorks Acquires J. Michael Straczynski’s Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle Script VOICES FROM THE DEAD

     February 9, 2011


Voices from the Dead has an exciting premise.  The script is based on the real-life friendship between escape artist Harry Houdini and author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and it sets the early 20th century icons as detectives who team up with a psychic to solve mysteries in 1920s New York.  That sounds like it could be an entertaining movie.  Unfortunately, that script is by Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski.  Straczynski’s other glowing credits include the Clint Eastwood dud Changeling and a cringe-worthy Spider-Man comic-book arc where we discovered that Norman Osborne had schtupped Gwen Stacy and made fast-aging babies with her.  The dude is not my favorite writer.

Heat Vision reports that DreamWorks has picked up the script.  Maybe Straczynski has finally written an engaging piece of work instead of writing himself into a corner.  I hope that’s the case because Houdini and Doyle running around and solving mysteries sounds like a fun flick.

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