'Sensei' pic kick-started with Summit


In one of its first script deals since becoming a full-service studio, Summit Entertainment has picked up "Sensei," a comedy spec by David Caspe. JC Spink is producing via his Benderspink banner.

The script follows an overweight former karate champion who agrees to a nationally televised rematch with his nemesis to settle a score the two have kept since an historic 1984 showdown. "The Karate Kid," perhaps not coincidentally, was released that year.

Summit president of production Erik Feig and vp production Jean Song will oversee for the company.

Benderspink's Jon Silk brought in the script and worked on it with the company's Langley Perer.

Benderspink has the comedies "Burt Dickinson" set up at New Line, "Bob the Musical" in development at Disney and "This Bill Smith" at Columbia.

Caspe moved from Chicago armed with a degree in fine arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. As an artist, he had his work exhibited in New York and Chicago and also worked as a sculptor before trying his hand at screenwriting.

Caspe is repped by Magnolia Entertainment and attorney Howard Fishman.