New Line books passage on ‘Titanic’ spoof script

'Gigantic' written by Bender Bros. in first joint effort

“Naked Gun” meets “Titanic.”

That’s the premise of a spoof script bought by New Line Cinema that makes fun of Jim Cameron’s Oscar-bedecked mega-blockbuster.

“Gigantic,” purchased for low-six against mid-six figures, was authored by brothers Mike and Chris Bender in their first joint-writing effort.

It’s the story of a ship that rivaled the great “Titanic” but, because it was two-and-a-half inches shorter, received no publicity on its equally tragic maiden voyage. Soon after cutting off the “Titanic” and sending it on its infamous collision course with an iceberg, the hapless “Gigantic” sank, too, after striking a coral reef.

“Chris and Mike have developed a very funny, seaworthy spoof that will appeal to fans of this gigantic film phenomenon,” said Michael De Luca, president and COO of New Line Prods. “We look forward to moving this project full steam ahead.”

Mike Bender is a 22-year-old employee of the marketing department at Fine Line Features; his brother, 27, is a former New Line distribution assistant who represents screenwriters at Zide Management. Warren Zide, also a former New Line employee, will produce the film with Craig Perry, who used to be a mail room assistant at New Line. Chris Bender will serve as executive producer.

“The ‘Titanic’ is ripe for spoofing,” said a New Line source who asked not to be named. “Given the phenomenal success of ‘Titanic’ overseas, the international distributors will be very enthused over the prospects of this kind of comedy going into their markets.”

Last week, New Line bought a screenplay called “Slapping Scarlett,” inspired by “Gone With the Wind” and set in a high school.

“This is a company that’s developing romantic comedies based on two of the most successful motion pictures ever,” the New Line source said. New Line’s director of development, Richard Brener, brought the project into the company. Rick Genow, of Stone and Meyer, brokered the deal for the Bender brothers; Jeff Frankel, of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller and Hoberman, negotiated on behalf of Zide and Perry.

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