Castle Rock dines on ‘Vine’

Moonlighting NL VP Ravetch sells comedy spec

Castle Rock Entertainment-based Mike Lobell Prods. has paid mid-six against high-six figures to option the romantic comedy spec “Hollywood & Vine.”

Script was penned by Joshua Ravetch, who holds down a day job at New Line Cinema as VP production resources. Suzanne Rosencrans, who is New Line’s senior VP of business and legal affairs, will serve as the film’s executive producer.

“Hollywood” is the story of a movie star who achieves the American dream and must decide between the love of his life and everything Hollywood has to offer.

Lobell previously optioned Ravetch’s sci-fi spec “Mainland,” which was cowritten with Peter Rader.

Lobell’s previous production credits include “Isn’t She Great,” “Striptease,” “It Could Happen To You,” “Honeymoon in Vegas” and “The Freshman.”

Ravetch is one of several New Line executives moonlighting by writing and selling original screenplays and plays.

Ravetch’s critically acclaimed play “Girders” was produced at the Coast Playhouse in 1997-1998 and is slated for a new Broadway production next year. His second play, “Off Sides,” is slated for a reading Wednesday with Robert Forster and KTLA Morning News anchor Sharon Tay, who will be making her acting debut.

Ravetch is represented by WMA.

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