Paramount cages 'Lions, Tigers and Bears'

Joey Aucoin set to write film based on comic book series

Paramount is going on safari.

The studio has acquired "Lions, Tigers and Bears," a family-oriented project based on a popular comic book series from Image Comics.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing the live-action pic, with Joey Aucoin writing from his own pitch.

The fantasy tale centers on a young boy whose stuffed animals come to life in middle of the night to protect him from a group of monsters called the Beasties and the further adventures of the boy as he travels through the stuffed-animal kingdom.

Mike Bullock's comic has no grown-up lead, but the film version could add one, with an adult version of the boy returning to and reflecting on his childhood home.

Aucoin previously was attached to write the screenplay for "Unicorn," a tale about a single father and his unicorn-loving daughter that's been set up at Par/Nickelodeon.