New Line has acquired remake rights to the Spanish feature franchise “Torrente” and set it up with Chris Bender and JC Spink to produce under their Benderspink shingle.
Studio has hired writers Mike Bender and Doug Chernack to adapt the project, based on Santiago Segura’s sleazy ex-cop character. The trio of films — “Torrente: The Dumb Arm of the Law,” “Torrente 2: Mission Marbella” and “Torrente 3: The Protector” — has cumed $61 million at the Spanish box office, representing the most successful comedy franchise in that market’s history.
Segura wrote, directed and starred in the trilogy, about an antihero private eye who, despite being a self-centered drunkard, still manages to get the job done. Segura will exec produce through his Amiguetes Entertainment banner along with Lola Film’s Andres Vicente Gomez.
New Line-based Benderspink produced five 2005 pics — “A History of Violence,” “Red Eye,” “Monster-in-Law,” “The Ring 2” and “Just Friends.” Jake Weiner will oversee for Benderspink.
Bender (“Not Another Teen Movie”) and Chernack plan to Americanize the story while maintaining the R-rated humor and spirit of the Spanish trilogy.
“The character’s able to solve crimes because he’s so corrupt,” Bender notes. “It’s so wrong that it’s right.”
Bender most recently wrote “Bob the Musical” at Disney, with Mark Waters attached to direct.