Guillermo del Toro Looking to Check in with The Bloody Benders
You can add another project to the overflowing plate of deliciousness that is the workload of visionary director Guillermo del Toro. This one a tale of love, murder, and madness. Read on!
According to Deadline, Guillermo del Toro's Necropia Entertainment and Angryfilms’ Susan Montford and Don Murphy are teaming to option The Bloody Benders, a spec script by Adam Robitel. The scribe, a protege of Bryan Singer, based his script on the true story of the Benders, a husband, wife, son, and daughter who ran a hotel in Kansas on the outskirts of the prairie in 1873.
The place may have been a precursor for the Bates Motel: As many as 20 guests checked in and never checked out. The guests were robbed and murdered by their hosts, and the killers were never punished. ”It is a beautiful and brutal yet poetic story, based on a very famous case,” del Toro tells the site. “If you consider America back then, it was a great transition to modernity, but on the prairie, these were huge landscapes where people traveled and days and weeks on end would pass without communication. So nothing happens, then there is this brutal murder, and then it’s back to pastoral peace and quiet. That rhythm was very attractive to me.”
He continues, “The time was so lax back then that the sheriff would show up and say, ‘What is that odor coming through the vent that smells like decomposing flesh?’ and the Benders said they didn’t know. And the sheriff said, ‘Would you mind if I take a look…tomorrow?’ Nobody was in a hurry, and that is a big reason why they got away with it.”
del Toro will work on a polish with Robitel but feels he and his partners will want to move quickly to set a director and not wait for him so look for more on this one hopefully soon!