September 13, 2007 06:16:19 GMT
The chair goes to 41-year-old filmmaker Burr Steers, known for the director of 2002's "Igby Goes Down."
Finally finds way to go back into the big screen, Burr Steers has reached deals to direct high school comedy "Seventeen" which Zac Efron is set to topline, Variety reported.
Written by Jason Filardi, the story concerns a middle-aged father who wakes up to find he becomes seventeen again. Being so, he then enrolls in the same high school as his two kids to be close to them.
New Line currently is fast-tracking the project by putting it for a production start in December this year, during which the studio will release "The Golden Compass" in theaters nationwide. Serving as the producers are Offspring Entertainment's Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman, who recently directed Efron in "Hairspray."
Burr, son of the late Republican congressman Newton Steers, is also known as an actor and screenwriter, having appeared in "Pulp Fiction" and penned the screenplay for rom-com flick "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days." He made his feature directorial debut in "Igby Goes Down" (2002) which unfortunately did not do well in the Midwestern section of USA.