'Shall We Dance' Helmer Boards 'Hector and the Search for Happiness'

Peter Chelsom replaces German director Katja von Garnier on project, an adaptation of a Francois Lelord novel.

CANNES - British director Peter Chelsom  (Hear My Song, Shall We Dance) has signed on to  direct Hector And The Search For Happiness, an adaptation of the bestseller by Francois Lelord.

Chelsom replaces German helmer Katja von Garnier (Blood and Chocolate) who was originally attached to the project.

Hector is the most ambitious feature in a new slate from Berlin-based producers Egoli Tossell. Financial trouble at the company -- Egoli Tossell filed for insolvency protection earlier this year -- sidelined the project. But Frankfurt investment group Film House Germany stepped in as a white knight, taking a majority stake in Egoli Tossell and bankrolling its development slate.