U plans ‘Culture Clash’

Universal has acquired feature newcomer Lee Stein’s script “Culture Clash” for producers Larry Gordon and Dark Horse Entertainment.

The comedy, heavy on the special effects, was brought to Dark Horse’s Steven Gilder and Mike Richardson by Stein and pitch artist Robert Kosberg. Dark Horse in turn brought it to Gordon, who acquired the rights to the project and hired Stein for a first rewrite.

Gordon will produce the project along with Richardson and Kosberg.

Kosberg, who is based at Constantin Films under a first-look arrangement, recently set up first-timers Steven List’s and Astrid Neal’s pitch “Born to Shop” under Drew Barrymore’s new production banner at 20th Century Fox.

Stein initially sent a script of “Clash” to Kosberg, who encouraged the writer to develop it as a pitch incorporating Kosberg’s ideas.

The producers are tight-lipped about its storyline. “Clash” is said only to be a zany, high-concept story in the vein of “The Mask” or “The Nutty Professor.”

“Culture Clash,” is Stein’s first feature to be set up at a major studio. If it gets made, U already has the perfect candidate to create the trailer: Stein works full-time as a writer-producer of indie film trailers.

Stein was repped by attorney Jeffrey Finklestein at Del, Rubel. Kosberg’s deal was negotiated by Tom Hunter and Tom Collier of Bloom, Hergott.

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