'Lymelife' helmer to direct '31 Days of Larry'

Derick Martini comes aboard Lionsgate's romantic comedy

Derick Martini is raising his glass to direct the Lionsgate romantic comedy "31 Days of Larry." John Goldwyn is in talks to produce.

The story revolves around a woman in desperate need of money and a depressed man, Larry, who has trouble killing himself. The two concoct a plan to get married so the man gets help committing suicide and the woman receives the life-insurance payout.

Lionsgate picked up the spec by Corinne Kingsbury last summer. Martini will help develop the project and oversee a rewrite by Kingsbury.

Martini's first film, "Lymelife," which starred Alec Baldwin and was executive produced by Martin Scorsese, won the international critics award at the Toronto International Film Festival and snagged the filmmaker a Gotham Awards nomination for breakthrough director.

Last fall, Martin sold his original comedy spec "I Am My Family's Secret" to Paramount with Montecito producing and Martini attached to direct.

Martini is repped by ICM and Principato/Young Entertainment.