Kevin Costner is eyeing “Taming Ben Taylor” as his next star vehicle, and he’s close to getting Michelle Pfeiffer to join him in the romantic comedy with a golf bent — a genre with which he had luck in 1996’s “Tin Cup.”
Scripted by Scott Sturgeon and Amy Lasser, pic is a remake of a 1980s Italian comedy about a vineyard owner in Long Island who longs for love. He becomes interested in an attractive and steely real estate agent who is trying to persuade the man to sell his property to make way for a golf course.
Project was hatched by 2Loop Films, a company formed by Sturgeon, Marius Balchunas, John Veague and Eric Koskin. “Taming Ben Taylor” hasn’t formally been set at a studio; Costner and his Tig Prods. are taking a guiding hand in finding a director and bringing the pic to the screen.
Costner will next be seen in “Open Range,” the shoot-’em-up he directed and stars in with Robert Duvall and Annette Bening.
Costner’s repped by CAA, Pfeiffer by ICM.