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Chris Columbus writes debut novel

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Apr 24, 2013 | 10:06pm EDT

Director Chris Columbus is moving into literature after writing his debut novel for young adults. The Home Alone filmmaker has co-written a book with author Ned Vizzini, entitled House of Secrets, which he hopes will be the first in a trilogy. The project started out as a screenplay, but Columbus decided to release his tale as a novel because there isn't "enough money on Earth to turn it into a film". Columbus insists the story will resonate with fans of his hit film The Goonies, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "When Ned and I were putting together House of Secrets, I felt that this is really a first cousin to Goonies thematically. That's the spirit I wrote the book with. I felt I hadn't written that kind of story since Goonies." The book has already been given a great review from the moviemaker's toughest critic - his son Brendan, who is at film school. Columbus adds, "My son is relentlessly critical... He stole the book off my desk, didn't tell me, and left on a plane to New York. I got a call and he said, 'I just want to tell you. I read half of House of Secrets on the flight. I couldn't put it down. Dad, I love it.' That is the best compliment he's ever given me. And he finished that night. I was really touched by that."

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