Add another Harry Houdini project to pile. In addition to the adaptation of The Secret Life of Houdini with Gary Ross attached to direct, Columbia’s Houdini, and the Aaron Sorkin/Hugh Jackman original stage musical iteration of the famous magician, Chernin Entertainment is throwing their hat into the ring with an adaptation of The Houdini Box. Per Variety, the studio has acquired the rights to Hugo author Brian Selznick’s YA book, which centers on a young boy who idolizes the magician, meets him by chance, and then receives an invitation to go to Houdini’s house where he learns that the magician has recently died and left the young boy a mysterious box.
It’s obviously early days on this project, and how knows if it’ll ever make it past the development stage, but a Houdini story geared toward kids in the vein of Hugo might actually make for a rather exciting adaptation. The other Houdini projects are still percolating, but should Ross commit to Secret Life of Houdini as his next film, that project has the best chance of coming to the big screen first. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for The Houdini Box.
Martin Scorsese will make his first 3D picture with his adaptation of the children’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. During a panel this past January at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Scorsese voiced his interest and support of 3D filmmaking. Variety now confirms that Scorsese has personally embraced the technology and will shoot his latest film in 3D. While I’m not a 3D devotee, I’m heartened that A) the film will be shot in 3D rather than upconverted from 2D to 3D in post-production; and B) Scorsese is once again defying expectations and showing us that he’s always trying to do something new (Hugo Cabret will also be his first film based off a children’s novel).
Hit the jump for the official synopsis of the book by Brian Selznick. Adapted by John Logan (The Aviator), the film stars Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas), Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), Ben Kingsley, and Sacha Baron Cohen. The Invention of Hugo Cabret has set a release date of December 9, 2011.
After paying a hopefully thoroughly terrifying visit to Shutter Island, director Martin Scorsese may next turn his sights to Paris and London to make The Invention of Hugo Cabret, with filming starting in May, according to several European newspapers.
So, what in the world is that about? Well, the historical fiction book by Brian Selznick is about a 12-year-old boy who lives within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931 and maintains the station’s clocks – a job which is supposed to be performed by his uncle, a hopeless drunk. A whole new adventure begins when he discovers an automaton, one of the wind-up, mechanical figures created by film-maker Georges Méliès, and works to bring it to life. Though this is a book designed for children, having read and loved it, I can confirm it’s a wildly entertaining tale for anyone with an active imagination.
But what are the odds this will really happen? Hit the jump to find out what else Scorsese has – or is rumored to have – in the works.