A romance booster

Sobini taps Dannelly to helm Cyrano laffer

HOLLYWOOD — “Saved!” director Brian Dannelly has inked to direct romantic comedy “The Guided Man,” being produced by Sobini Entertainment.

Pic will be produced by Sobini’s Mark Amin with president of production Robin Schorr and prexy Cami Winikoff.

Curtis Burch, who originally developed and brought the script to Schorr, will also serve as a producer with Kathleen Haase.

The modern day Cyrano tale, based on a story by L. Sprague de Camp and penned by Steve Adams, concerns an introverted guy who is invited to give the best-man speech at his childhood friend’s enormous wedding. Dannelly and his writing partner Michael Urban will also serve as co-writers with Adams. Petrified, the man turns to a miraculous new service that allows an expert at romance to see, hear, feel and speak through him. Now totally reliant on this arrangement, which makes him confident with even the most unattainable women and the most powerful men, his life turns around completely — except he finds himself falling in love with the adorable woman speaking through him.

Pic is being fast-tracked to start production in early 2005.

“The minute I saw ‘Saved!,’ I knew we had found our director,” said Schorr. “Brian made a movie that is equal parts smart, funny and infectiously romantic.”

Sobini recently produced Martha Coolidge’s romantic comedy “The Prince & Me,” a co-production of Paramount and Lions Gate Entertainment.

Shingle is currently in post-production on “Quattro Noza,” Joey Curtis’ Sundance award-winning street-racing drama. Upcoming pics include an adaptation of Graham Joyce’s “Dark Sister,” to be adapted and directed by Lawrence O’Neil (“Breast Men”), and an adaptation of Dan Millman’s bestseller “Way of the Peaceful Warrior.”

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