Adrien Brody

And for History’s next miniseries trick…

The network is developing a multi-hour project on the life of Harry Houdini with Adrien Brody attached to star.

The deal just closed and details are scarce. We can tell you that History is developing a miniseries project (working title: Houdini) that traces the arc of the turn-of-the-20th-century master magician’s life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame.

The project is a co-production with History and veteran TV producer (and J.J. Abrams’ father) Gerald W. Abrams (Modern Marvels, 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out). Brody (King Kong, The Pianist) is attached to star in what would be a rare venture into television for the Academy Award-winning actor.

The development comes on the heels of History enjoying enormous success for two miniseries projects over the past year — The Bible and Hatfields & McCoys.