For any young, aspiring screenwriter, a scenario could hardly be more ideal. Deadline is reporting that Guillermo del Toro will, through Necropia Entertainment, partner with Don Murphy (Transformers) and Susan Montford (Real Steel) of Angry Films on The Bloody Benders, a spec script from Adam Robitel.
In his first screenplay, this “protege” of Bryan Singer chronicled the real-life tale of the Benders, a family who, in the 1870s, ran a one-room inn in Kansas that was the reported murder site of at least eleven people, though somewhere around 20 victims are said to have met their end. A quick glance at Wikipedia reveals that the family would, in an unbelievably macabre fashion, “give the guest a seat of honor at the table which was positioned over a trap door that led down into the cellar,” promptly execute them with a hammer and knife, then drop the body into said cellar and dispose of it later. Grisly, but if you ask del Toro, it all has the makings of “a beautiful and brutal yet poetic story.”
Despite that enthusiasm, however, he won’t actually direct. Post-production work on Pacific Rim will keep the fellow busy until that film hits (in July of 2013), relegating him to some rewrite work with Robitel and whatever producing duties follow from that point out; a helmer is still being sought. With any luck, they’ll find someone capable of telling this dark story with a little delicacy because, otherwise, a bloody tale of killer hicks just gets you the Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot.
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