Shazaam! 'Hugo' author's 'The Houdini Box' may hit the big screen

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Smoke! Mirrors! Shazaam! Another Harry Houdini flick may be on the horizon.

Chernin Entertainment has snatched up the feature rights to Brian Selznick’s 1991 book The Houdini Box, a representative for Chernin has confirmed to EW.com. The young adult novel is about a boy, Victor, who aspires to be a magician and meets famed illusionist Houdini. He later receives a locked box of secrets from his hero.

Selznick scribed the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which Martin Scorsese adapted into his award-winning kids adventure film Hugo. Chernin also produced Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Considering the sweetly bombastic pairing of Selznick’s words translated for Hugo with Scorsese’s direction, it will be interesting to see who snags the coveted role of director for the film.

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