WB claims Goldstein’s Territory’

“Under Siege” executive producer Gary W. Goldstein is back in the action business with Warner Bros.

Goldstein confirmed yesterday that the studio has purchased “Dark Territory” for $ 250,000 against a writing/producing package worth just over $ 1 million if the movie is made.

Warner Bros. production executive Lorenzo Di Bonaventura engineered the “Dark Territory” deal for the Burbank-based movie mill. Goldstein said Warner’s track record, and a quick bid, steered the screenplay to the studio.

Written by Matt Reeves and Richard Hatem, “Territory” is a high-tech train thriller about a group of Ivy League terrorists chasing a coveted CD-ROM disc. Goldstein is partnered with Martin Wiley and Jeffrey Neuman as producer of the pic.

The deal was somewhat unusual in that producer Goldstein and Gipson, Hoffman & Pancione attorney Karl Austen dealt directly with the studio.

Goldstein is readying the $ 4 million mother/daughter drama “Unhook the Stars” for production later this year.

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Gena Rowlands and Laura San Giacomo have long been attached to the project, while commitments from John Cusack and Martin Sheen were inked this week. Goldstein said the project will go out to financiers and distributors immediately with the intent to begin photography in 1993.

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