Lionsgate sets up ‘Pencilneck’

Benderspink will develop comic adaptation

Lionsgate is launching development of crime thriller “Pencilneck,” setting up the indie comicbook miniseries with Chris Bender and JC Spink at their Benderspink shingle.

“Pencilneck” centers on a mild-mannered banker who, in order to save his criminal brother, is forced by the mob to help them rob his employer. When the heist goes awry and the banker is taken hostage, he snaps and goes on a rampage.

Benderspink recently acquired the rights to “Pencilneck,” created by Victor Carungi and published by his own Paper Street Comics.

The shingle’s developing several comics-based projects, including “Y: The Last Man” at New Line. It most recently set up sci-fi thriller “Arena” at Summit.

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