The Houdini Box Adaptation Finds A Director
The last time the work of author Brian Selznick was brought to the big screen we got Martin Scorsese's Hugo, so it's with great pleasure that I report that another one of Selznick's works is going to be getting the Hollywood treatment. Kealan O'Rourke, a first time feature director out of Ireland, has been hired to both write and direct an adaptation of the novel The Houdini Box.
Variety, which reported the news, says the story follows a young aspiring magician who serendipitously runs into his idol, Harry Houdini, at a train station (what's with Selznick and trains?). After begging the legendary illusionist to explain his tricks, the kid finally gets him to promise to write him a letter. But when he gets an invite to Houdini's house in the mail he arrives to find that his idol is dead and has "left him a mysterious, locked box." The book was first published in 1991.
As the trade notes, this is now one of many projects in the works that feature Harry Houdini. Both Sony and Summit are making biopics about the escape artist. Magic also seems to be in vogue as well, with both The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Now You See Me due out later this year.
While this will be O'Rourke's first feature, he has extensive experience in the world of shorts. He is also in the midst of developing a feature length version of his animated tale The Boy in the Bubbleand is attached to helm an adaptation of the comic Bolivar.
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