Disney and Fox have reportedly acquired the screen rights to the Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s picture book, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.

What’s happening:

  • Deadline is reporting that Disney/Fox now own the screen rights to The Mysteries Of Harris Burdick, a picture book by Chris Van Allsburg.
  • Rafe Judkins will adapt the story for the screen. The film will be produced by:
    • Bill Teitler
    • Mike Weber
    • Ted Field
    • Shawn Levy
    • Dan Cohen

About The Mysteries of Harris Burdick:

  • “The book deals with a mysterious man (Harris Burdick) who submits to a publisher a series of fantastical drawings each with a brief caption. Burdick promises to return with the full stories the next day but is never seen again. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick encourages the reader to invent his or her own story to explain each drawing.”
  • The story was first published in 1984. Due to its unique nature, the book has become an essential part of creative writing curriculums in many high schools.


  • Disney/Fox recently acquired the screen rights to another Van Allsburg classic, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.
  • In this story a young boy tries to rescue a dog from the great magician Abdul Gasazi, but the dog runs off into Gasazi’s forbidden garden.


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