Bold move for 'Hole' spec


Bold Films is digging "The Hole," picking up the spec script from writer Mark L. Smith.

The story revolves around two brothers who uncover a mysterious, bottomless hole in the basement of their new home that appears to be a supernatural portal with the ability to release their worst nightmares.

Bold's Michel Litvak and David Lancaster will produce the supernatural thriller, while Benderspink's JC Spink, Chris Bender and Jake Weiner will executive produce. Gary Michael Walters of Bold is on board to exec produce.

Jon Silk found the script and brought it into Benderspink, where he teamed with Neal Flaherty to submit it to Bold's Jon Oakes and Garrick Dion, who took it into the company. Silk and Flaherty will co-produce.

Bold will finance.

"The script is great fun and a great scare and shows what happens when kids get a little too curious," Walters said.

Bold was behind Emilio Estevez's ensemble drama "Bobby" as well as "Mini's First Time," with Alec Baldwin and Nikki Reed.

Benderspink recently set up "Pet Robots" and "Golden Years" at the Walt Disney Co. as well as "The $40,000 Man" at Universal.

Smith, repped by ICM, wrote the Kate Beckinsale thriller "Vacancy." He also has supernatural thriller "The Well" set up at Radar Pictures as well as "The Devil's Kiss," which is housed at Paramount with Icon and Benderspink producing.