'Sammy' speaks to Hallstrom

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Lasse Hallstrom is attached to direct Columbia Pictures' romantic comedy "Sammy."

Penned by Delia Ephron, the story kicks off when a woman who can sense what animals are thinking meets a man who claims to have the same relationship with dead people.

Laurence Mark is producing through his Sony-based shingle alongside Ephron. Hallstrom's producing partner Leslie Holleran also is set to produce, contingent upon Hallstrom directing.

Matt Tolmach, Amy Baer and Adam Milano are overseeing for the studio.

Hallstrom, whose credits include "The Shipping News," "Chocolat" and "The Cider House Rules," most recently helmed the Heath Ledger starrer "Casanova." The Oscar-nominated director's upcoming film is "The Hoax," starring Richard Gere.

He is repped by CAA and attorney David Nochimson.
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