'Harry Potter' director Chris Columbus takes on children's books(Read article summary)
'Harry Potter' director Chris Columbus plans to write a trilogy of children's books with author Ned Vizzini.
After creating family-friendly entertainment with such films as the first two "Harry Potter" movies and the 1990 hit ‚ÄúHome Alone,‚ÄĚ director-producer-screenwriter Chris Columbus is turning to children‚Äôs books.
Columbus, who also directed the 2010 film ‚ÄúPercy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,‚ÄĚ has contracted to write a trilogy of children‚Äôs books for publisher HarperCollins, according to Entertainment Weekly. The books will be co-written with author Ned Vizzini, the writer of 2007‚Äôs ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs Kind of a Funny Story.‚ÄĚ
The books will be aimed at middle-schoolers, and the series has a working title of "House of Secrets." The books will focus on the Pagett siblings, who, with their parents, move into a house that was once owned by a fantasy author. The Pagetts are forced to go on a mysterious mission to save their parents and find out the truth behind their family. The first book has a planned release date of the spring, 2013.
Columbus told Entertainment Weekly that the transition to a writing process has not been a difficult one for him and that he was inspired to write children‚Äôs books after seeing how much the "Harry Potter" series affected young readers.
‚ÄúYou hope for just a section of that in terms of being able to inspire kids to read,‚ÄĚ Columbus said. ‚ÄúAnd that‚Äôs really one of the themes of the book ‚Äď that reading is essential to your development as a child and as an eventual adult. That really has inspired us in moving forward.‚ÄĚ
Molly Driscoll is a Monitor contributor.