Peter Cattaneo (The Rocker) has signed on to direct Gross National Happiness, a film about golfing in Bhutan, for National Geographic Films.

According to Variety, National Geographic is financing the movie through its partnership with Imagenation Abu Dhabi.

The story, penned by Yuri Zeltser and Grace Cary Bickley, centers on Carl Marinello, who tutored Bhutan's golf team for the 1986 Asian Games, at which Bhutan finished ahead of China. Gross National Happiness refers to Bhutan's efforts -- launched in the early 1970s -- to officially measure happiness in terms of Buddhist spiritual values.

Production will begin early next year.

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