As Executive Vice President of Production for Simpson/Bruckheimer films, Foster was the executive producer of BAD BOYS, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence; DANGEROUS MINDS, starring Michelle Pfeiffer; and CRIMSON TIDE, directed by Tony Scott and starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman.
Foster began his film career working on low-budget films for small companies such as Concorde (Roger Corman) and Empire (Charlie Band). Foster worked in physical production until he became Executive Assistant to Frank Yablans when he was Vice-Chairman of MGM/UA. Foster held a similar job with Alan Ladd Jr. when he became the Chairman of MGM/UA in 1985.
Foster moved full force into motion picture development and production, working for various producers, including Frank Yablans, Scott Rudin, and Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. With Yablans, Foster acquired, developed and produced the thriller LISA starring D.W. Moffat. Foster also found FLATLINERS for Columbia Pictures while working with Yablans. With Scott Rudin, Foster found, acquired and developed John Grisham's unpublished manuscript The Firm, which became a famous bestseller and a hit film starring Tom Cruise, directed by Sydney Pollack. Among the other projects acquired or developed for Scott Rudin were EXECUTIVE DECISION and RULES OF ENGAGEMENT.
Within seven months after arriving at Simpson/Bruckheimer Productions, Foster helped find and develop THE REF, which starred Denis Leary and Kevin Spacey. In addition, he found, developed and executive produced DANGEROUS MINDS, starring Michelle Pfeiffer; CRIMSON TIDE, starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, directed by Tony Scott; and BAD BOYS, which kicked off the feature film careers of Will Smith, Martin Lawrence and director Michael Bay. In addition, Foster was involved in the development of THE ROCK and ENEMY OF THE STATE, the latter starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman, directed by Tony Scott, which was derived from Foster's original story with David Marconi.
After departing Simpson/Bruckheimer, Foster joined Turner Pictures as Executive Vice President of Production. There he helped acquire and oversaw MICHAEL starring John Travolta, William Hurt and Andie MacDowell; and FALLEN, starring Denzel Washington.
In 1996 Foster started his own company, Warp Films, with an exclusive production deal at Columbia Pictures. He developed a wide variety of projects at Columbia with talents like Ron Bass, John McTiernan, Barry Sonnenfeld, Martin Lawrence, and Brian Henson. Foster was heavily involved in the pre-production process of the Mandalay feature WILD THINGS, before executives at Columbia/Tri-Star selected him to serve as a consultant and producer on the Amblin/Tri-Star adventure film THE MASK OF ZORRO, starring Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
In 1998, Foster entered into partnership with director Jan DeBont, where he produced EQUILIBRIUM for Dimension films. Directed by Kurt Wimmer, the science fiction action movie starred Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs, Sean Bean, William Fichtner and Angus MacFadyen. In 2001, Foster joined Myriad Pictures as President of Production. He oversaw production and produced NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VAN WILDER, JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 and EULOGY.
Born and raised in New York City, Foster attended the University of California at Los Angeles where he studied physics.
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