New York – HISTORY has green-lit production of a new four-hour scripted miniseries, HOUDINI, slated to start production this fall. Starring Adrien Brody (The Pianist) as the ace magician and Kristen Connolly (House of Cards, The Cabin in the Woods) as his wife Bess, the miniseries will trace the arc of Houdini’s life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame and will be co-produced for HISTORY by Lionsgate and A+E Studios.

“It’s not magic that HISTORY has established a strong track record with its high-quality historical dramas from quality auspices. We’re excited to build on that tremendous momentum with HOUDINI,” said Dirk Hoogstra, EVP and General Manager, HISTORY. “The Great Harry Houdini is a fascinating man in history and I have no doubt that Adrien Brody will bring the magician’s riveting story to life for our audience.”

“It’s exciting to be working with HISTORY, Adrien and our extraordinary creative and producing partners on HOUDINI,” said Kevin Beggs, President, Lionsgate Television Group.  “We’re also delighted to be expanding Lionsgate’s overall relationship with A+E Networks.”