Benderspink digs 'Zombies' scribes

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Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain have been hired to adapt the Red 5 comic "ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction" for Benderspink.

The comic, created by Kevin Grevioux ("Underworld"), follows an elite team of soldiers sent on a covert operation into hostile territory in the Middle East to stop what they soon discover to be an army of the undead created by the government. Benderspink's Jake Weiner and Josh Feldman are overseeing the project.

Benderspink continues to mine the comic world for material: It has "Y: The Last Man" in development at New Line, "Pet Robots" at Disney and "The Ghouly Boys" at Mandate.

Blackman and McCain, repped by ICM and Circle of Confusion, co-wrote the recently released "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans."

The pair also wrote and directed "Outlander."

Jay A. Fernandez reported from Los Angeles; Borys Kit reported from Berlin.
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