Chernin Entertainment has picked up film rights to Brian Selznick young adult novel The Houdini Box.
The novel centers Victor, a young boy who idolizes the world famous escape artist Harry Houdini. He struggles performing the magicians tricks until he comes face to face with him at a train station and begs him to divulge his secrets, only getting the promise of a letter. A short time later, the boy receives an invitation letter and discovers that the magic man died and left him a mysterious, locked box.
No production schedule has been released for the project.