‘The Straw Men’ Optioned for Film
Michael Marshall Smith’s The Straw Men novel and its graphic novel adaptation have both been optioned by Benderspink for feature film according to Variety. The crime novel was released in 2002 and was adapted by Zenescope Entertainment this past summer. Envisioned as a trilogy, the first book involves serial killers, some apparently random brutal murders, and a dark conspiracy. The film will focus on ex-homicide detective John Zandt who comes out of retirement to track down the serial killer who may have been responsible for the murder of his daughter.
The film will be produced by Benderspink’s Chris Bender and J.C. Spink along with Zenescope’s Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco serving as executive producers.
Benderspink has been one of the most active Hollywood production companies engaged in adapting comic book properties. Among the numerous comic-based projects that Benderspink has initiated are adaptations of Y: The Last Man, Pet Robots, Pencilneck, Zombies of Mass Destruction, Last Blood, Starkweather, Area 52, The Ghouly Boys, Power and the Glory, Drafted, and The Gray Area.