Harry Potter film director Chris Columbus is taking on a new medium to express his next story for young minds, books. Columbus will be team up with author Ned Vizzini for a new middle grade fantasy series from HarperCollins, called House of Secrets.
The series will follow the Pagett family as they move into the Kristoff House, a mansion that used to belong to an author of fantasy books. The author is gone, but the house is still full of spooky feelings. And it soon becomes apparent that there truly are dark forces afoot. But can the siblings uncover the location of a powerful book in time to save their parents’ lives? We know the answers won't come quickly, the co-written series is contracted to be at least three books long.
Chris Columbus spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the project and said that the decision to co-write with Ned Vizzini was his idea. Vizzini's previous writing spoke to Columbus, he told them, “I loved his voice, I loved that he had a real strong ear, I loved his youthfulness, his strong ear for teenage dialogue, and I thought it would be good to partner with someone who has a real sense of contemporary culture and a real imagination.”