He worked his magic at the box office with "The Social Network," and now Aaron Sorkin has another charmer up his sleeve: a Broadway musical about the life of Harry Houdini starring Hugh Jackman.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Sorkin -- whose stage works include "A Few Good Men" and "The Farnsworth Invention" -- is currently conjuring up a script for the project, which originated in 2008 but never materialized.
"He's writing away, and we all have high hopes that Aaron’s going to come through and do some good stuff,” says composer Danny Elfman, who will craft the production's spellbinding music.
Elfman, the man who scored "The Simpsons" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas," has been working on the Houdini tunes for nearly two years and says, "It's such a different process [from my film scoring work]. For me, it’s taking forever. But other people say, 'Oh, no, you've only been on that a couple of years, that's nothing!'"
Jackman, who previously played a magician in 2006's "The Prestige" and won a Tony in 2004 for the Broadway musical "The Boy From Oz," reportedly began mastering the show's magic routines when the project was first announced two years ago. The actor will finally get to turn some tricks at the upcoming script reading, slated for January.
Elfman tells EW that with any luck, they'll pull this one out of their hats for an early 2012 open.