Irish filmmaker Kealan O’Rourke (“The Boy in the Bubble”) has been set to write and direct a film adaptation of Brian Selznick’s 1991 young adult novel “The Houdini Box” at Chernin Entertainment.
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.
Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping will produce. Selznick also wrote “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” which was adapted into Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo.”