Brian Dannelly is attachedto direct Sobini Films' romantic comedy The Guided Man, which is being fast-tracked for an early 2005start.
Based on L. Sprague DeCamp's 1952 novel, the story centres on a timid social speaker who enlists theaid of a revolutionary service that allows another person to speak through him.
Mark Amin will produce alongwith Sobini production chief Robin Schorr and company president Cami Winikoff.
Curtis Burch, who originallydeveloped and brought the script to Schorr, will also produce along withKathleen Haase.
Envy screenwriter Steve Adams is writing the script withDannelly and his writing partner Michael Urban, who recently collaborated onthe high school satire Saved!that opened in May.
"The Guided Man has a very clever, original concept, a funny,heartfelt story, and two appealing lead roles," Amin said in a statement.
"We are thrilled thatMichael and Brian will now bring their talents to this film."
"The Guided Man is a fresh, ingenious look at communication, socialanxiety and love in the modern world," Dannelly said.
"In our time of cutting edgemedical treatments, instant cures and modern obsessions, The Guided Man explores the temptation of giving up total controlto another human being and, in the process, finding your own voice."
Sobini Films' first studiofeature, The Prince And Me,opened earlier this year and the company is in post-production on Joey Curtis'Sundance award-winning street-racing drama Quattro Noza.
Upcoming projects includeBritish novelist Graham Joyce's psychological horror story Dark Sister, which Lawrence O'Neil will direct, and an adaptationof Dan Millman's spiritual bestseller Way Of The Peaceful Warrior.
Winikoff negotiated the dealon behalf of Sobini, and Joel Millner of Larchmont Literary, Jeff Gorin andSara Bottfelt of William Morris Agency, and Karl Austen of Hirsh Jackoway, Tyerman,Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum & Morris negotiated for Dannelly and Urban.