Sony Pictures TV has sold ten episodes of a supernatural crime drama called Houdini And Doyle that’s based on the real-life friendship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini. The show is being taken immediately to series for Fox TV, as well as ITV in Britain and Shaw Canada.
Here’s how Deadline describes it:
In Houdini And Doyle, two of the great characters of the 20th century — Houdini, master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker, and Doyle, creator of the world’s greatest detective and a paranormal aficionado — grudgingly join forces to investigate crimes with a supernatural slant. Although they’re both rich, famous and brilliant, they’re the original odd couple, with Houdini believing in nothing, Doyle in everything.
Houdini and Doyle were born 15 years apart into dramatically different families — Doyle the educated product of a proper Scottish upbringing and Houdini the self-made son of a Hungarian immigrant. The two men, whose physical appearances also were in stark contrast, stroke an unusual and often rocky friendship based to their mutual interest in spiritualism.
So it’s going to be like X-Files with a magician and a writer? Interesting.
No casting details yet, but we’ll keep an eye out.