Sobini will date ‘Sister’

O'Neil to helm, pen Joyce adaptation

HOLLYWOOD — Sobini Films has optioned the feature rights to British novelist Graham Joyce’s “Dark Sister,” with Lawrence O’Neil (“Breast Men”) attached to adapt and direct.

Pic will be produced by Sobini principal Mark Amin and production president Robin Schorr, with a start target of early 2002.

“Dark Sister” follows an unfulfilled stay-at-home mom who discovers a diary filled with ancient remedies. Liberated by her new powers and clairvoyance, she also awakens dark forces beyond her control.

Sobini is also adapting Dan Millman’s “Way of the Peaceful Warrior” and “Johnny Frankenstein,” an update on Mary Shelley’s novel. Additional Sobini projects include Alex Rios’ thriller “Poster Boy” and the Turner Network Television co-production “Framed,” starring Rob Lowe and Sam Neill, with Amin serving as an executive producer.

Company maintains a first-look deal with Lions Gate Entertainment.

Deal was negotiated by Schorr and head of business affairs David Nonaka. O’Neil was repped by ICM and attorney John Sloss. Joyce was repped by Created By Management.

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