On speedway to 'Venice Beach'


Chart-topping R&B act Ne-Yo is going multihyphenate. The singer is set to star in, exec produce and write the soundtrack for Fox Atomic's "Venice Beach."

Duane Adler is penning the script for the music-driven romance. His credits include "Step Up" as well as "Save the Last Dance" and its 2006 sequel, in which Ne-Yo appeared.

Paul Hunter is in talks to direct the film. Hunter directed 2003's "Bulletproof Monk" as well as music videos for Eminem, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and Marilyn Manson.

"Venice" centers on an 18-year-old Manhattan Beach woman who, after her talented older sister dies in a car crash, represses her own singing talent until she meets a musician-singer (Ne-Yo) from Venice Beach. What starts as a romance between the two turns into a quest for a musical career, which is met with resistance from his friends and her family.

Mike Karz, Josie Rosen and Ne-Yo's talent manager Yuson Charles are producing. Ne-Yo and his music manager Reynell Hay are exec producing; Fox Atomic's Jeff Arkuss will oversee production.

WMA reps Ne-Yo and Hunter. Adler is repped by ICM. (partialdiff)