‘Best Friend’ leads Kosberg on trail to new pic projects

In little over a year, producer Robert A. Kosberg and director John Lafia have turned the pitch “Jaws on paws” into more than $ 10 million at the box office in the form of the New Line/Roven-Cavallo feature “Man’s Best Friend.”

Idea man Kosberg has set up several new projects on which he will be collaborating with A-list talent like Donner/Shuler-Donner Prods., screenwriter Mitch Glazer (“Scrooged”) and “Saturday Night Live” actor Chris Farley. Also, he has entered into an association with Roven-Cavallo Entertainment. The producers are based at TriStar.

With Roven-Cavallo, Kosberg has several projects moving forward. They include “The Pledge,” a”Firm”-like thriller earmarked for Universal. On this project, the producer will be joining forces again with Lafia, the director of “Man’s Best Friend.”

“The Pledge” is set in an elite fraternity house — a fraternity “everyone’s dying to get into, but people are also dying to get out of,” Kosberg quipped. Production may begin as early as the first quarter. Corinne Mann will be co-producing. She was formerly the president of architect/designer Anton Furst’s company.

Also with Roven-Cavallo Entertainment, Kosberg is producing an untitled Halloween project. Glazer is scripting this TriStar project.

The producer has a third feature with Roven-Cavallo, in association with Steel Pictures. A high-concept fantasy, “The Witch’s Revenge” is set up at Disney and marks Kosberg’s return to screenwriting after a five-year hiatus.

His previous script credits include “In the Mood,” the 1987 Lorimar release about Sonny Wisecarver, aka the Woo-Woo Kid, the teen loverboy who attained notoriety in the 1940s. “The Witch’s Revenge” was co-written with Janice Fischer , one of the scripters on the postmodern vampire movie “The Lost Boys.”

Kosberg said Roven-Cavallo has “helped me to get in business with screenwriters like David Peoples (‘Unforgiven’) and Brian Levant, who is coming off directing ‘The Flintstones.’ So with Roven-Cavallo, I’m not just the pitch guy,” he said. “I’m the pitch-plus guy because I can now bring studios strong ideas with marquee talent attached.”

Outside Roven-Cavallo, Kosberg has several projects cooking. Among them is “Kick” at Columbia. To be produced by Barbra Streisand’s Barwood Prods., “Kick” will be a “League of Our Own”-meets-the-Rockettes type story. Also set up at Col is “Love in the Attic,” a comedy to be produced by Donner/Shuler-Donner. Malia Scotch Marmo (“Hook”) is working on the script.

Kosberg has a project in development with Chuck Weinstock at Castle Rock. The law school thriller is tentatively titled “Frolic and Detour.”

Rounding out the roster is “My Date With Mom and Dad.” Planned as a vehicle for “SNL’s” Farley, this project is also set up at Fox, and Brillstein-Grey will be producing the film in conjunction with Kosberg.

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