By Adam B. Vary
May 02, 2012 at 10:32 PM EDT
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It’s just been a few weeks since Gary Ross’ curious disappearance from the director’s chair of Catching Fire, but already it appears the filmmaker is cooking up his next project.

EW has confirmed that Ross is in talks with Summit Entertainment to direct an adaptation of the 2006 biography of famed magician Harry Houdini, The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of America’s First Superhero, by William Kalush and Larry Sloman. (The book suggests that that Houdini also worked as a spy for Britain.) Ross has not yet decided, however, whether his next film will be this project, which at one point had Catch Me If You Can screenwriter Jeff Nathanson attached to write and direct.

Summit, notably, was recently acquired by Hunger Games studio Lionsgate.

(The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.)

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