Damien O'Donnell is readyingthe tentatively-titled Noir as his next project after Working TitleFilms' Inside I'm Dancing, which opened this week through MomentumPictures.

O'Donnell is to startshooting next year on the quirky, dark romantic comedy for producer DavidParfitt, whose credits include Shakespeare In Love, and his TrademarkFilms.

Inside I'm Dancing opened with a disappointing £218,000 from 133screens this weekend, despite good reviews. O'Donnell already has a major hitunder his belt with 1999's East Is East.

Noir, based on a play by Peter Straughan, is an update ofthe noir genre in which the lone detective figure becomes a security guard withdelusions of grandeur who is hired to investigate a supposedly unfaithful wife.Along the way, the story takes in crooked evangelism, literary ambition andsexual frustration.

The project was developedwith financing from tax-based financier SureFire and Government-backed supportbody the UK Film Council.

Straughan looks to havethree of his screenplays nearing production. Along with Noir, PaulWeiland is to shoot Three Bad Men for Priority Pictures this autumn.Over at EastIs Eastproducer Leslee Udwin's Assassin Films, Tomorrow, La Scala! directorFrancesca Joseph is to direct Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution, a bittersweetcomedy based on the true story of a British Marxist who takes his family tolive in East Berlin in the mid-1960s. Shooting is likely to begin early nextyear.