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.

The author also wrote The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which lead to Martin Scorsese's Hugo. The Houdini Box was published September 1, 2001.

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No production schedule has been released for the project.