Group to announce further developments during Cannes Fest

With a trail of shattered sales records in their wake, the five members of Jive recording group ’N Sync are about to embark on a feature film career.

Set to begin shooting in early 2001, the music-oriented film will be produced by Total Film Group and Phat Free Prods., an ’N Sync production company.

Although the script is being developed and the budget has yet to be determined, the best-selling quintet — JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and Justin Timberlake — will not be playing ’N Sync in the as-yet-untitled film.

Total Film Group chair-CEO Gerald Green noted that further announcements regarding the film would be made on May 16 at the Cannes Film Festival, where ’N Sync will appear at a party in its honor. Aside from the live appearance, the party will feature a promotional film starring ’N Sync that’s set to be shot on Friday evening in Los Angeles.

This promotional film is designed to recreate a classic motion picture premiere, complete with bleachers, searchlights, music, TV crews and members of the press, who’ll greet ’N Sync as they get the red carpet treatment before fans and celebs.

Total Film Group’s previous ventures include the Kirk Douglas-Dan Aykroyd starrer “Diamonds,” recently released by Miramax in the U.S.; actress Christine Lahti’s first feature directing effort, “My First Mister,” which stars Albert Brooks and Leelee Sobieski and just finished filming; and the Bruce Beresford-helmed “Bride Of The Wind,” starring Jonathan Pryce and Sarah Wynter, which begins shooting in Vienna next month.

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