'Helsing' another Zenga spoof


Bo Zenga is making his directorial debut with the horror spoof "Stan Helsing" for Scott Steindorff's Stone Village Pictures. Jere Hausfater's Essential Entertainment has signed on to handle worldwide sales on the film.

Written by Zenga, the film takes place on Halloween, when a reluctant hero and video-store clerk, Stan Helsing, has to save a town from the six biggest monsters in cinema history. Principal photography starts in April.

Zenga has a strong track record in the spoof genre. His credits include serving as a producer on "Scary Movie," which grossed more than $300 million. The "Scary" franchise went on to gross more than $800 million.

Steindorff and Zenga collaborated on "Turistas." Essential is also selling the Julia Roberts starrer "Fireflies in the Garden"; "Clive Barker's "Book of Blood"; "The Informers," starring Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger and Winona Ryder; "Solomon Kane," from writer-director Michael J. Bassett; and the action-drama "Defiance" from Edward Zwick.