Chernin Entertainment ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Terra Nova") has picked up the film rights to Brian Selznick's 1991 novel "The Houdini Box" says Variety.
The story centers on a boy unsuccessfully attempting to perform Harry Houdini's magic tricks. He soon meets his idol at a train station and begs Houdini to explain himself.
He later receives a letter inviting him to Houdini's house - the same day Houdini died and be quested a mysterious, locked box to the boy.
Selznick also wrote "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," which was adapted into Martin Scorsese's "Hugo."