According to Variety, Sarah Jessica Parker will star in and produce Spinning Into Butter, an indie adaptation of Rebecca Gilman's play.

Stage director Mark Brokaw is making his feature debut and Norman Twain and Lou Pitt will produce with Parker. Shooting begins Oct. 10 in New York.

The pic will be fully financed by Whitsett Hill Films, an arm of medical laser specialist Reliant Technologies that is bankrolling its first film. Whitsett Hill Films partners Wayne Thompson, Ryan Howe and Mark Davis will exec produce with Whitsett Hill principals Roger Howe and Sven Reckovag. Gilman is adapting her play.

Parker will play the dean of students at a New England college who is thrust into the investigation of a racial hate crime. She's forced to confront her own feelings about race and her administration's desire to maintain a politically correct posture.

"Spinning Into Butter" opened at Chicago's Goodman Theater in 1999 and played Lincoln Center the following year.