We’ve got news concerning two upcoming adaptations to share this evening. First up, Variety reports that Chernin Entertainment has set Kealan O’Rourke to write and direct an adaptation of the young adult novel The Houdini Box. Written by Hugo Cabret author Brian Selznick, the story centers on a young boy who idolizes the titular 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. O’Rourke’s experience is primarily with short films, but he’s currently developing his short The Boy in the Bubble as an animated feature and is set to write and direct an animated adaptation of the graphic novel Bolivar.
No word on how soon Houdini Box will come to fruition, but it’s one of a few Houdini-centered projects in development at the moment. Hit the jump for news concerning a new screenwriter for Chronicle director Josh Trank’s video game adaptation Shadow of the Colossus, and a full synopsis for The Houdini Box.
The first trailer for Joe Wright’s (Pride & Prejudice, The Soloist, Atonement) Hanna has been released. The thriller features Saoirse Ronan as a teenage assassin who has been trained by her father (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Cate Blanchett, Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams and Jason Flemyng also star.
While I thought The Soloist was a big misfire, I absolutely love Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. I’m really hoping this is a return to form for Wright. What’s really promising about the trailer is that it looks like nothing Wright has done before and I really can’t wait to see it. The only negative about the trailer is that it reveals a lot of the story – including what might be a big twist. Saying that, there is a lot of action and it definitely made me want to see it. Judge the trailer for yourself after the jump. Hanna hits theaters April 8 and the music is being done by The Chemical Brothers.