For Harry Potter fans, the bestselling fantasy series was a way to trigger a love for reading, imagination, and adventure. For parents, it was a way to bond with their children. But for film director Chris Columbus, it was a source of inspiration.
Columbus, who directed the first two Potter films — Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is now writing a young adult fantasy series of his own.
According to this article by Entertainment Weekly, House of Secrets will tell the story of a few siblings whose father moves the family for a new job. But their new house used to be that of a troubled fantasy writer, and suddenly their lives are full of secrets, powerful books, and the responsibility of saving their parents and the world.
Columbus explains to EW how he came up with the idea.
At one point, I started it as a screenplay, so there were about fifty pages of a screenplay that would become the first seven or eight chapters of the book. Then I thought, “Maybe it’d work as a television pilot,” and I immediately discarded that idea because this is something that would be prohibitively expensive for television. Then I put it away and I didn’t think about it, but it was always coming back to me at some point or another. Finally, I thought maybe this would work as a young adult novel for no other reason except I really wanted to see it to its conclusion.
HarperCollins acquired the rights. House of Lies will be a 3-book series, co-written by young adult author Ned Vizzini. It’s aimed at middle-school children. The first book will be released in the spring of 2013.
With Columbus’s ideas and imagination and Vizzini’s writing, the series is sure to be a hit. But it would take magic for him to outsell Harry Potter.