Necropia Entertainment — Guillermo del Toro’s company — and Angryfilms are optioning The Bloody Benders, a creepy spec script by the talented writer Adam Robitel.
Deadline’s Mike Fleming first reported the news.
del Toro and Angryfilms’ Susan Montford and Don Murphy have chosen a good one:
Robitel is an up-and-coming writer who is especially adept with dark material. And The Bloody Benders counts as dark: It’s based on the true story of John and Kate Bender and their children — ready for this? — also John and Kate Bender.
That’s just weird. It gets creepy. The Benders were serial killers who, from 1871 to 1873, owned a general store and inn in Kansas. The older Benders spoke very little English, and Kate Sr. was renowned for her meanness.
Kate the younger was renowned for … something else. She was a psychic, a free-love advocate and a self-proclaimed healer.
Oh yeah, they all liked to kill guests of the inn by smacking them on the skull with a hammer, then slitting their throats.
Keep an eye on Robitel, who has a pocketful of other scripts in the works.
– Joshua L. Weinstein