Mark Willouk will pen adaptation with Benderspink producing

Cross Creek Pictures has optioned feature film rights to Lori Roy’s novel “Bent Road” and tapped Mark Mallouk to adapt, with Benderspink producing.

Story follows a man who left home in Kansas as a youth after the mysterious death of one his older sisters, then returns with his family 20 years later when another little girl goes missing. Tone will be similar to that in films “Road to Perdition” and “A History of Violence,” which Benderspink produced.

Benderspink’s Christopher Cosmos brought in “Bent Road” and will oversee for Benderspink with Jake Weiner.

Cross Creek, which emerged two years ago as a significant player when it backed “Black Swan,” has partnered with Exclusive Media on Ron Howard’s racing drama “Rush,” “The Ides of March,” “The Woman in Black” and the upcoming “A Walk Among the Tombstones.” It’s also developing “The Creed of Violence.”

Benderspink is in post-production on two New Line comedies, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and “We’re the Millers,” and is working on Universal’s “Ride Along” and Warner Bros.’ “The Hangover 3.”

UTA reps both Roy and Mallouk. It repped the book rights on behalf of the Bent Agency.

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