EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has acquired Big Five, a pitch by Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman that will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian. The scribes are best known for writing Almanac for Paramount and Unexplained Phenomenon at Amblin and The Picture Company.

The story centers on a large-scale mission to the heart of Africa where a secret project is underway involving endangered species and artificial intelligence. Big Five is based on an unpublished graphic novel by Robert Chew and Darius Shahmir designed to encompass books, film, animation, games and toys. Also involved is creative collective Section 9. Chew, Shahmir and Section 9’s Stephan Lokotsch and Daniel LuVisi are attached as producers. Mark Vahardian and Ali Loewy brought it in for Di Bonaventura.

The scribes are repped by WME and Underground. Chew and Shahmir are repped by Pryor Cashman, and Section 9 by Greenberg Traurig.