Walden picks up 'Gene'

Developing modern take on classic genie tale

Walden Media has rubbed the lamp and picked up "Gene," a modern take on the classic genie story from writer Randi Mayem Singer. Jordan Kerner is producing via his Kerner Entertainment.

While Walden was keeping plot details tucked in the proverbial bottle, company CEO Michael Bostick said that "Randi's pitch combines originality, humor, heart and broad appeal that all ages can enjoy. It is everything Walden embraces with family comedies."

Kerner produced "Charlotte's Web" for Walden and Paramount and is in preproduction on "Smurfs" at Sony. While those projects are live action/CGI hybrids, "Gene" will be live action with "big fun effects."

Singer co-wrote "Mrs. Doubtfire" and created the 1999 TV series "Jack & Jill," starring Amanda Peet. The ICM-repped scribe also penned the upcoming Dwayne Johnson comedy "Tooth Fairy" and is now working on "Big Momma's House 3."