UA buys ‘Devil’ of a pitch

Pasquin attached to helm supernatural thriller

United Artists has purchased a pitch for a supernatural thriller conjured up by writer-producer Robert Kosberg and story partner Rick Rapier that puts a contemporary spin on the centuries-old legend of Faust, the man who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for wealth, power and sensual delights.

Pitch, titled “Devil’s Playground,” is described as a horror film with humor, and sets the morality tale among high school students.

Pasquin to direct

John Pasquin has been attached to direct and produce. Pasquin has directed the Tim Allen starrers “Jungle2Jungle” and “The Santa Clause,” as well as episodes of Allen’s TV series “Home Improvement.” Kimberly Brent, vice president of production at Pasquin’s Paradox Prods., brought “Playground” into the company before the entire team took the pitch to UA prexy Lindsay Doran.

Screenwriter Rafael Moreu (“Hackers,” “Carrie 2”) will script from the story by Kosberg and Rapier.

Kosberg, who exec produced “12 Monkeys,” is producing “Playground.” Other producing or writing credits include “Man’s Best Friend,” and telefilms “National Lampoon’s Dads Week Off,” “Face of Evil” and “Fade To Black.”

UA exec veepee Jeff Kleeman will oversee the project for the studio.

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