There have been several attempts to adapt Gold's "Carter Beats the Devil" to the big screen, all of which vanished before coming close to reality. Now, the LA Times reports that Warner Brothers has green lit the project and selected Johnny Depp to play the title role.
The world of magic is ripe for drama, what with its fierce rivalries and convincing in-movie performances (in a film, any illusion can look real). That world is also lucrative, as both "The Prestige" and "The Illusionist" proved in 2006. And far more than more than making rabbits disappear, Hollywood loves making green things appear.