Veteran Hungarian director Istvan Szabo is to bring Magda Szabo's international bestseller The Door to the screen for Sandor Söth's Berlin/Leipzig-based Intuit Pictures and Jenö Habermann's Filmart in Budapest.

Described by Söth to as 'a morally complex story about age, loyalty and betrayal' between two strong women, a famous writer and her ageless housekeeper, Szabo's novel won the Prix Femina Etranger in its French translation in 2003 and has now been translated into 36 languages.

Szabo will shoot in autumn 2009 from a screenplay written by himself in collaboration with Andrea Veszics and Geza Beremenyi.

Intuit Pictures' previous production credits include Peter Greenaway's The Tulse Luper Suitcases trilogy as well as Ben Sombogaart's family film Crusade In Jeans.

One of Hungary's greatest contemporary writers, Magda Szabo died at the age of 90 last November.