CBS Films has signed on Daniel Barnz to write and direct the teen romancer Beastly.

According to Variety, Susan Cartsonis is producing via her Storefront Films shingle.

The film will be based on Alex Flinn's fantasy novel, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in modern-day New York. CBS acquired feature rights to Beastly in late 2007 as one of its first projects.

The script centers on an arrogant 17-year-old who's hideously transformed in order to find true romance.

No production date has been set.