Alpine Pictures has teamed with Cape Fear screenwriter Wesley Strick to produce teen thriller Love Is The Drug starring Leelee Sobieski, the fast-rising young actress who appeared in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut.

Love Is The Drug is billed as a Generation X thriller set against the Los Angeles rave scene where a love triangle between three teenagers ends in treachery and death.

Alpine Pictures president of film production John Bunzel will oversee the project, which goes into production in May 2001. Worldwide sales will be handled by Alpine Pictures International.

Strick's previous credits as a screenwriter include Return To Paradise, The Saint and The Glass House.

Alpine is working on two other pictures for its 2001 slate: Microwave Park and The Convent 2. Featuring Chris Penn, Michael Rooker, Michael Madsen and James Russo, Microwave is set in the 1980s and follows the story of four policemen who expose a government conspiracy to sell crack cocaine to fund covert operations abroad. Eugene Hess wrote and is directing the film.

Director Mike Mendez, who helmed Killers, has signed on to develop Convent 2 along with the original Convent writer Chaton Anderson.