‘Houdini’ ties up a scripter

Walden hires Merryman

Walden Media has moved forward on its “Houdini” project, hiring Brett Merryman to pen the screenplay.

Project, set up last year, centers on a 14-year-old boy who discovers he’s a descendant of Harry Houdini and embarks on a quest to unravel the secrets of his ancestor’s past.

Mark Waters (“The Spiderwick Chronicles”) is directing. Project’s produced by Jessica Tuchinsky, Waters’ producing partner at their production company Watermark Pictures, and Jason Hoffs.

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