Be Afraid: ‘Magic Castle’ Is a McG-Directed Movie About a Building

The Magic Castle

Private clubs for magicians might seem like the silly sort of thing that only exists in the movies, but they’re actually very real, and probably the most famous one is housed in historic Hollywood haunt The Magic Castle. This is the place where Academy of Magical Arts President (also a real thing) Neil Patrick Harris (yep, Doogie) regularly holds private events where the greatest magicians in the world come and perform to a select, invitation-only audience. The building is spooky-looking, full of secrets, and would probably make a great setting for a movie.

Or, at least, that’s what Radar Pictures is hoping, because they’ve just hired Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari to write a script set in the location, which McG will then direct. Barrer and Ferrari are no strangers to mystical things, as they’re currently at work writing a big screen treatment of Sabrina the Teenage Witch for Sony. Maybe the research they do there will carry over to writing a movie about a Magic Castle?

McG, for his part, is certainly going to need to conjure up some magic here if he wants to break his streak of making crappy movies. Ever since developing a dedicated if not misguided fan base with his feature debut, Charlie’s Angels, the ridiculously named director has experienced something of a downward spiral in quality, leading to his sinking of the Terminator franchise with Terminator Salvation, and his creation of one of the worst romantic comedies of all time—which is saying something—in This Means War.

Will making a movie about a building prove to be any better an idea than making a movie about a board game, or whatever other silly-sounding plans Hollywood has up their sleeves? And, if so, does McG have what it takes to put everything that’s cool about this building together into the perfect package and finally make a good movie? Probably not, but it looks like they’re going to try anyway. [Heat Vision]

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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