Zenga in director chair for 'Stan Helsing'


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BERLIN -- Bo Zenga is making his directorial debut on 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 new film.

Written by Zenga, the film takes place on Halloween night where the reluctant hero and video-store clark, 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 Movie" franchise went on to gross more than $800 million.

Steindorff and Zenga previously collaborated together 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 Bassinger and Winona Ryder; "Solomon Kane" from writer-director Michael J. Bassett; and the action-drama "Defiance" from Edward Zwick.