Producer inks first-look deal
John Baldecchi as the second producer at Bender Prods. who will develop projects. Bender Prods. has a first-look deal at Miramax and a second-look deal at Fox. Upcoming projects under the Bender Prods. banner include “Anna and the King” at Fox 2000; “The Mexican,” a Joel Wyman-scripted project set up at Newmarket to star Brad Pitt; “Monster’s Ball,” a drama directed by Vondie Curtis Hall set up at FilmFour; and New Line’s “Knockaround Guys.” “Laura has great taste and strong relationships with directors and writers, and I’m glad to be bringing her into the fold,” Lawrence Bender said.