Chadha tries 'Snogging' for Nick, PPI


Gurinder Chadha is returning to her teen angst roots. The "Bend It Like Beckham" helmer is in negotiations to direct the comedy "Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging" for Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures International.

Lynda Obst is producing the film, based on Louise Rennison's 1999 best-selling young-adult novel.

The story centers on a 16-year-old girl who keeps a diary about the ups and downs of being a teenager, including the things she learns about kissing. Chadha and "Beckham" scribe Paul Mayeda Berges are penning the screenplay.

The film marks the first production from the newly formed Paramount Pictures International.

Shooting is scheduled to begin April 15.

The Kenya-born, London-bred director most recently directed the Jane Austen-goes-Bollywood film "Bride & Prejudice" and the "Quais de Seine" segment of the multihelmer ode "Paris, je t'aime." She continues to develop a big-screen adaptation of the 1980s soap "Dallas" at Regency Enterprises.

Chadha is repped by ICM.