Matthew Perry has signed to star in "Numb," a dark comedy from writer Harris Goldberg, who is making his feature directorial debut on the picture. Paul Schiff is producing along with Insight Films' Kirk Shaw and Mary Aloe.
Perry will play a screenwriter who suffers from acute depersonalization disorder, a condition so alienating and sanguine that it makes the chronically depressed look perky. When he falls for a girl, he puts himself through every single therapy in the book in order to win her love.
Harris developed the project with Schiff, who took it to Insight, an indie production-finance company based in Canada.
Paul Schiff Prods.' Tai Duncan is co-producing.
Schiff has been a producer on a diverse range of films including "Rushmore," "Mona Lisa Smile" and "Date Movie." He is in post on "The Air I Breathe," an ensembler starring Kevin Bacon, Brendan Fraser, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Andy Garcia.
Canada-born Goldberg, repped by Paradigm, co-wrote and co-produced "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo." His other credits include "Without a Paddle" and "The Master of Disguise."
Perry, repped by CAA and Doug Chapin Management, recently wrapped Aaron Sorkin's pilot "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" for NBC. The pilot is expected to go to series.
Borys Kit writes for The Hollywood Reporter.
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