New Line conjures up 'Magician' helmer

'Walk Hard' director Jake Kasdan will take reins of film

Jake Kasdan will make magic for New Line, signing on to direct "Burt Dickenson: The Most Powerful Magician on Planet Earth." Benderspink's Chris Bender and JC Spink are producing along with Tyler Mitchell.

The story centers on a Burt Dickenson, one half of successful two-man team who accidentally kills is partner and loses his inner magic. He has to find a way to rekindle it to fight his rival, a magician named Xander Storm.

The projects aims to showcase the "old school/David Copperfield vs. new school/Criss Angel" rivalry in a tone that harkens back to such movies as "Austin Powers" or "Zoolander."

Chad Kultgen wrote the original script. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein ("The $40,000 Man") wrote the current script.

Richard Brener and Dave Neustadter are overseeing for New Line.

Endeavor-repped Kasdan last directed 2007's "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story." Other credits include "Orange County" and "The TV Set" as well as episodes of "Freaks and Geeks."
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