Italian actress Francesca Neri has announced that she will soon produce her first film, an adaptation of Italy's literary sensation of 2003: an erotic diary written by a 17-year-old Sicilian schoolgirl.

The diary, entitled Cento Colpi Di Spazzola Prima Di Andare A Dormire (literally, one hundred brushes before bed time) was written by a student known only as Melissa P. and delves into her multiple erotic encounters and fantasies.

The book has sold over 500,000 copies in Italy since it was published last year. Neri said she is currently setting up a production company with her partner, the actor Claudia Amendola.

Her debut production slate will also include a project that will be directed by Amendola in which she will have a starring role.

Neri, who is one of Italy's most popular actresses, will next be seen in the thriller Il Siero Della Vanita, the second picture from Almost Blue director Alex Infascelli. Her recent credits also include roles in Collateral Damage and Hannibal.