Paramount, Raimi Visit Monster Zoo

Paramount Pictures has picked up the rights to Doug TenNapel’s upcoming graphic “Monster Zoo” says the trades.

The action-adventure story is set in motion when an ancient idol is unearthed and transported to a zoo in the U.S. There, the idol’s spirit awakens and starts to mutate the caged animals.

A group of teenagers must band together to try to stop the idol and the evil from destroying the world. The graphic novel will be published in May from Image Comics.

The studio is planning a live-action adaptation that will be produced by Sam Raimi and Josh Donen’s Buckaroo Entertainment. A writer has not yet been hired to adapt.