Alcon makes a 'Substitution'

Acquires thriller from Ian Shorr and Steve Crystal

Alcon Entertainment has acquired "Substitution," a thriller by Ian Shorr.

Steve Crystal, who came up with the story with Shorr and has a first-look deal with Alcon, is producing with Alcon's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

The project follows an emotional high school senior who unwittingly becomes embroiled in a murder plot orchestrated by his substitute teacher.

Alcon senior development executive Steve Wegner is overseeing.

Crystal, who produces via his Charlie Co. shingle, is a one-time executive whose credits include serving as an executive producer on "The Missing."

Shorr has "Exempt" set up at Overture with Benderspink producing. He is repped by CAA and Benderspink.