Alcon, Shorr make a 'Substitution'


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. (partialdiff)