New Line finds its magic man


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 Burt Dickenson, who accidentally kills a 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 similar to movies like "Austin Powers."

Chad Kultgen wrote the original script. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein wrote the current one.

Richard Brener and Dave Neustadter are overseeing for New Line.

Kasdan is with Endeavor. (partialdiff)