Chernin Entertainment Plans The Houdini Box

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Chernin Entertainment has secured the rights to Brian Selznick’s young adult novel The Houdini Box, Variety reports. First published in 1991, the book is officially described as follows:

Victor is forever trying to escape from locked trunks, to walk through walls, and to perform any number of Houdini’s astonishing magic tricks…without success. Then — amazingly — he meets his idol and begs Houdini to explain himself. A mysterious, locked box is the only answer, and Victor is left to wonder: Does the box contain the secrets of the most famous magic tricks ever performed?

Selznick is best known as the author of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” which was adapted for the screen last year as Martin Scorsese’s Hugo.