Amblin Entertainment has hired Eric Kripke (Supernatural) to write the script, which like the book, will follow a young boy as he discovers a world of hidden passageways, magic and danger in his uncle’s old house. John Bellairs wrote the book, which was illustrated by Edward Gorey.
Kripke will produce with Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt, while Laeta Kalogridis will executive produce with William Sherak and Tracey Nyberg. Production is expected to start in the fall, and the studio is no doubt hoping for a franchise, as The House With a Clock In Its Walls is part of a 12-book series.
The film is expected to be released by Universal Pictures under its deal with Amblin. That would make it the second straight studio movie for Roth, whose Death Wish remake starring Bruce Willis will blast into theaters on Nov. 22 courtesy of MGM and Annapurna.
Black next stars in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the Sundance-approved indie The Polka King and Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot. Like Roth and Kripke, Black is represented by WME.
Deadline broke the news of the project.
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