Benderspink has optioned the script Monster X from Monsterfoot Productions, with the project based on an original idea by Monsterfoot principal Ahmet Zappa.
The idea is a sort of Avengers-style take on the classic monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein’s creature, Mr. Hyde and others. (There’s 10 in total and the “X” in the title is actually the Roman number 10.) The who’s who of monsters are assembled to defend humanity against an even greater threat to them all.
Zappa co-wrote the initial script. The plan is to further develop the script before taking it out to buyers.
Chris Bender, J.S. Spink and Jake Weiner would produce with Zappa.
Zappa was a producer on last year’s Disney movie The Odd Life of Timothy Green, which was based on his story. The guy clearly has monsters on his mind since he's developing Monster Witness Relocation Program and The Monsterous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless, both set up at Disney.
Benderspink is one of the companies behind The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which premieres tonight at SXSW; Bender and Wiener are among the film’s producers while Spink is an exec producer. The New Line comedy, which stars Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi, opens March 15.
Benderspink is also behind New Line’s Jennifer Aniston-Ed Helms comedy We’re the Millers, which opens August 9.