Lions Gate has greenlit thedrama Fierce People, which starsDiane Lane and is set to begin principal photography in March.

Based on a screenplay byDirk Wittenborn and directed by Griffin Dunne (Practical Magic, Addicted ToLove), the story centres on aManhattan-based massage therapist who becomes entangled in the murky life of awealthy client.

Lions Gate Films willdistribute the picture domestically and Lions Gate International will handleforeign sales.

"Fierce People is the type of powerful, high-calibre film thatplays very well internationally," siad Lions Gate International's co-presidentNick Meyer .

"We're very excited that thefilm is rapidly moving toward production and to have Diane Lane on board. Dianeis an extremely talented actress who possesses the passion and intensity toplay this role." Nick Wechsler is producing.