New York Daily News
By ISAAC GUZMAN
Daily News Feature Writer
Following a year in which the group dominated the pop charts, radio and MTV, Two members of 'N Sync are temporarily saying "Bye, Bye, Bye" to their bandmates and gunning for a hit at the movies. The boy band's Lance Bass and Joey Fatone have signed with Miramax to play best friends in the romantic comedy "On the Line."
Bass will star as a commuter who encounters his dream girl on a train, but forgets to get the seven digits he desperately needs to make a date with her. Fatone is Bass' buddy, who enlists in a grass-roots effort, they tack up posters all over town to track down the mystery woman and let love rule.
The film has no release date yet, but is slated to begin shooting in Toronto in March. A soundtrack for "On the Line," sure to feature at least a few 'N Sync tunes, will be issued on Jive Records, 'N Sync's label. With Miramax putting up $10 million to make "On the Line," Bass can claim the first major victory for his boutique production company, A Happy Place, which fostered the project.
Bass founded the company with 'N Sync's manager and other entertainment execs to create feature films that star musicians and athletes. Bass is also the head of Free Lance Entertainment, which has been scouting new pop talent by holding talent searches at Planet Hollywood restaurants. He and Fatone have made cameo appearances with the rest of 'N Sync on the sitcoms "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" and "Clueless." Fatone also has roles in two upcoming films, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," produced by Tom Hanks, and "The Brothers."