New Line sparks to ‘$40,000 Man’

Daley, Goldstein set up spoof at Benderspink

New Line has bought “The $40,000 Man,” a comedy spoof penned by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein and set it up with Benderspink.

New Line paid mid-six figures in a deal that closed late last week, soon after the mini-major had purchased another comedy spec, Cory Harrell’s “Party Up,” for Benderspink. Chris Bender and JC Spink are producing with Jake Weiner exec producing.

Story centers on a legendary astronaut and true American hero who finds himself horribly injured in a car accident and rebuilt by the government to be a bionic man, on a budget of $40,000 — which makes him not that bionic. It’s the first script sale for Daley, who’s racked up lengthy TV credits including “Kitchen Confidential” and “Freaks and Geeks.”

Benderspink has “Torrente” and “Power & Glory” at New Line and “Fiasco Heights” at Universal.

Goldstein, who’s repped by Endeavor, has worked for a decade in TV. His credits include “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

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