Busy Benderspink pencils in crime thriller


Lionsgate has picked up "Pencilneck," a comic book adaptation for Benderspink's Chris Bender and JC Spink to produce.

Created by Victor Carungi and published by his Paper Street Comics, the crime thriller centers on a mild- mannered banker who, in order to save his criminal brother, is forced by the mob to help them rob his employer. When the heist goes awry and the banker is taken hostage, he snaps. With nothing to lose, the banker goes on a rampage, taking down anyone in his path in order to rescue his brother.

Production coordinator Josh Feldman brought it into Benderspink, which developed the project. John Sacchi is overseeing for Lionsgate.

The post-WGA strike period has been especially fruitful for Benderspink, which produces as well as represents writers. In the 11 weeks since the strike ended, the company has set up or helped sell 10 projects, including "Leap Year" at Spyglass, "Shell Game" at Columbia and "Emme" at Screen Gems. (partialdiff)