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Alcon picks up 'Cryptozoo'

Graphic novel by Jerry Carr and Allan Gross

Alcon Entertainment has picked up the rights to "Cryptozoo Crew," a graphic novel by Jerry Carr and Allan Gross, tapping screenwriter Joe Gazzam to adapt it into a big screen feature.

Alcon's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will produce with Lloyd Phillips and Circle of Confusion's production arm.

"Cryptozoo" follows a member of a secret organization charged with protecting the identity of strange and rare animals classified as Cryptids who teams with a beautiful doctor in a quest to protect a one-of-a-kind species from falling into the wrong hands.

Alcon development executive Jesse Israel brought the project to the Warner Bros.-based shingle and will oversee it with senior vp development Steven Wegner.

Gazzam, repped by ICM and Circle of Confusion, wrote the initial draft for "Scared Straight," which Nu Image/Millennium Films is making with Nicolas Cage and John Carpenter. He also worked on the "21 Jump Street" feature.

Carr and Gross also are repped by Circle of Confusion.