{HEAT METER} Paradigm/Benderspink Spec “Medusa And Athena” Heats Up Into More Territories!

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The market is heating up today as everyone’s in a frenzy to read , the hot new fantasy spec out from and Benderspink. Described as Maleficent meets Wicked, the YA presents a new twist on another classic villain, a pitch which naturally has everyone in town drooling at the franchise potential.

Earlier today, we announced the first round of territories, with the spec already into Paramount via per his deal, Anonymous Content into Disney, ’s into Fox, Benderspink into New Line Cinema, ’s into Sony via their first look deal, into Warner Bros., and into Universal under his banner, which has a first-look deal.

Now, our sources confirm that the has been taken into DreamWorks via and that brought into Lionsgate.

Medusa And Athena was penned by up-and-coming scribe . The YA tentpole spins a new origin story for Medusa the gorgon, the iconic figure from Greek literature whose hair was made of deadly vipers and gaze turned men to stone. The titular Athena refers to the Greek deity of the same name, who was known as the goddess of wisdom, justice, and arts, with the Greek city of Athens taking its name from the character.

Paniry burst onto the scene with his sci-fi/drama feature Extracted, which he wrote and directed, gaining steam when it was nominated for SXSW’s audience award. Extracted starred Grimm‘s Sasha Roiz and Crazy, Stupid, Love‘s Jenny Mollen.

Paniry is repped by , , and Valarie Philips at and Benderspink‘s .

-SEE AN UPDATED LIST OF TERRITORIES HERE-

Spec is now into:
Anonymous Content into Disney
Benderspink into New Line
Bruckheimer into Paramount
Broken Road into Sony
Brownstone Prods into Lionsgate
De Line into DreamWorks
Stuber/Bluegrass into Universal
Vinson into Fox
Weed Road into Warner Bros.

SEE THE SPEC LISTING HERE FOR MORE INFO!

Stay tuned for more info on this project as it develops!

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