So, now that Tom Cruise has abandoned (apparently) The War Magician (based on David Fisher's book), the magician as hero market is wide open. Warner Brothers has picked up the option on Glen David Gold's Carter Beats the Devil, which was originally optioned to be made into an AMC series but never emerged on the small screen. Now it looks like it may be headed for filmdom. Michael Gilio will turn the novel into a script and Jon Shestack will produce. More here.