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Zaloom to helm ‘Last Leg’

'Tonight Show' scribe's comic whodunit novel to become pic

“Encino Man” producer George Zaloom is attached to make his directorial debut on “Last Leg,” based on “Tonight Show” writer Dave Hanson’s unpublished novel of the same name.

The pic will be produced by Robert Schwartz’s Wardenclyffe Entertainment.

Hanson, who wrote the novel back while commuting by bus to his job as a scribe for “Late Night With David Letterman,” is penning the script.

Hanson describes the book as a “whodunit about breast augmentation, corporate downsizing, toxic dumping, toxic relatives, a beautiful detective and how they affect a one-legged man living in New Jersey.”

Zaloom, who also produced the documentary “Hearts of Darkness,” read the book in galley form four years ago when he was a producer on the Disney lot. “It was one of the most oddly hilarious stories I had ever read. Recently I remembered it and thought it would be perfect for the independent scene,” Zaloom said.

Wardenclyffe will finance the production through a combination of equity, foreign sales and gap financing.

The company recently produced the indie feature “With or Without You,” which it will soon screen for distributors.

Hanson’s book agent is Tal Gregory at Darhansoff & Verrill. He was repped in the film rights deal by CAA.