Fierce People: According to The Hollywood Reporter, indie unit Lions Gate Entertainment has greenlighted the drama Fierce People, with Diane Lane set to topline.

Griffin Dunne will helm from a script by Dirk Wittenborn, which follows Liz, a bohemian beauty who lives a carefree life as a massage therapist in Manhattan, Lions Gate said Thursday. When Liz's son has a close brush with the law, the woman realizes it's time to make a life-altering change, and she pulls some strings to enter them into a fantastical world of wealth and privilege. But when Liz is attacked, their new and perfect world is shattered.

"People" is set to begin shooting this month. Lions Gate will distribute the film domestically, and Lions Gate International said at the American Film Market that it will handle foreign sales.

Brian B.