Benderspink gives life to 'Zombies'

Based on the recently released series from Red 5 Comics

Benderspink has picked up the film rights to Red 5 Comics' recently released horror/action comic "ZMDs: Zombies of Mass Destruction" by "Underworld" writer-producer Kevin Grevioux.

"ZMD" is the story of a new government weapons program that drops zombies, designed to be photosensitive and dissolve by a set time, into war zones at night to destroy the enemy population. But after one fails to self-destruct in the Middle East, a team of elite soldiers must enter hostile territory to stop a growing zombie army.

The project was brought to the company by production coordinator Josh Feldman and will be produced by Benderspink.

Red 5 Comics was created by Paul Ens, former director of Lucasfilm's and Lucas Online, and Scott Chitwood, co-founder of and contributor to and The company, based in Calgary, Alberta, began publishing its first books in the fall. Its "Afterburn" recently was set up at Relativity with Tobey Maguire and Neal Moritz producing.

Benderspink has carved a niche in comic book adaptations, setting up such projects as "Y: The Last Man" and "Drafted" at New Line, "Pencilneck" at Lionsgate and "Pet Robots" at Disney.

Grevioux, repped by WMA, is a stuntman and actor-turned-film and comic writer. He launched two comic book imprints and has been tapped to write "New Warriors" for Marvel Comics.