Boss! Da screen, da screen!
The list of TV shows headed for the bigscreen just got longer: TriStar Pictures and producer Marc Toberoff have pacted to revisit “Fantasy Island.”
The mid-six against seven figures deal closed late Tuesday with Toberoff’s Pacific Pictures. The pic will be produced by Toberoff, “Bad Boys” producer Lucas Foster (who has a first look deal with TriStar) and Leonard Goldberg. It was Goldberg who brought the show to the tube for ABC-TV with uber producer Aaron Spelling.
Toberoff acquired rights from Gene Levitt, the show’s creator, and shopped the idea to the studio on Foster’s suggestion.
“I always thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to do an over-the-top, darker version of the series,” said Toberoff, “in a ‘Raising Arizona’ meets ‘Westworld’ vein.”
Since moving to Hollywood 2-1/2 years ago, Toberoff has been on an acquisition frenzy.
His nabbing of the rights to venerable series has caught some studios and webs — who thought they owned the ideas Toberoff was pitching — by surprise.
‘Police’ to ‘Spy’
His rights stable boasts “Ironside,” “Police Woman” and “I Spy,” the latter which he nabbed from producer Sheldon Leonard and which has since been optioned by Andy Vanja with Toberoff attached to produce.
Toberfoff recently set up “Combat!” at Paramount as a Bruce Willis vehicle after acquiring the underlying rights to the show that starred Vic Morrow.
He also hashed out a rights deal with Universal for the feature version of the 1965 NBC drama “Run for Your Life,” with John Travolta eyed for the role made famous by Ben Gazzara. Jonathan Krane (Travolta’s manager) and former Cinergi production exec Tova Laiter are also aboard as producers (Daily Variety, April 1).
The feature film set-up of “Fantasy Island” follows Toberoff and CAA shopping the idea to Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld, whose Sonnenfeld-Josephson banner set up a return of the TV series which has been picked up by ABC.
Scribe John August, who is behind TriStar’s “GO,” is in talks to script the “Fantasy Island” film.