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Mel Brooks is looking to serve up a slice of deep-dish horror, hold the laughs.

According to Variety, the 83-year-old comedy guru is still at work producing a film called 'Pizzaman.' Unlike such Brooks-directed horror spoofs as 'Young Frankenstein' and 'Dracula: Dead and Loving It,' he says this one will be a straight chiller.

"'Pizzaman' is a flat-out horror film that I'll keep my name away from, in case people think it's a comedy," Variety quotes Brooks as saying. Mel Brooks is looking to serve up a slice of deep-dish horror, hold the laughs.

According to Variety, the 83-year-old comedy guru is still at work producing a film called 'Pizzaman.' Unlike such Brooks-directed horror spoofs as 'Young Frankenstein' and 'Dracula: Dead and Loving It,' he says this one will be a straight chiller.

"'Pizzaman' is a flat-out horror film that I'll keep my name away from, in case people think it's a comedy," Variety quoted Brooks as saying.

Besides the parody movies he's known for writing, directing and starring in, Brooks has also been a producer of creepier fare through his Brooksfilms company, including David Lynch's 'The Elephant Man' and David Cronenberg's 'The Fly.' In fact, Brooks founded the company in 1980 for reasons similar to those he mentions now, to put a little distance between his name and the darker films he produces, so that audiences won't expect laughs.

The 'Pizzaman' project has been in development for at least a couple of years. The plot remains under wraps, but the screenwriters, according to the Hollywood Reporter, are longtime Brooks collaborators Rudy De Luca and Steve Haberman, who co-wrote 'Dracula: Dead and Loving It.'

Given the writers' pedigree, we're guessing that, even if 'Pizzaman' slices its way into the strictly-horror marketplace, it'll still be served up with extra cheese.