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.

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

No production schedule has been released for the project.