Universal Cable Productions has signed a first-look deal with Chris Bender, JC Spink and Jake Weiner’s BenderSpink (The Hangover and The Ring franchises). Under the deal, BenderSpink will develop and produce scripted programming with UCP for NBCUniversal-owned and outside networks. “BenderSpink has not only great comedic taste, but also a keen eye for the kind of genre that audiences crave,” said UCP EVP Dawn Olmstead.
Under the pact, BenderSpink already is working on drama Five Ghosts, which is nearing a deal at Syfy. Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsmen) will write/exec produce the adaptation of the comic by Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham. This stylish, pulpy adventure tells the story of a 1930s-era treasure hunter possessed by five literary ghosts (Merlin, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Musashi, and Dracula) whose unique abilities he can draw on during his adventures. BenderSpink, Jake Wagner, Matt Pizzolo and Brett Gurewitz have signed on to produce.
“We’ve been anxious to build our television business and form the kind of successful partnership we have in features with New Line Cinema,” said Chris Bender, Co-Founder of BenderSpink. “We really clicked with the gang at UCP and their sensibility and are excited to have the opportunity to make great television together.”
BenderSpink joins other production companies based at UCP, which include Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment, Doug Liman’s Hypnotic, Jessica Biel’s Iron Ocean Films and Steve Carell’s Carousel Television.