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Ryan reported high on Paramount’s ‘I.Q.’

Meg Ryan is close to closing a deal to star in Paramount’s romantic comedy “I.Q.,” a 1950s story that has Albert Einstein playing Cupid for his niece, sources said Thursday.

The project, to be directed by Fred Schepisi, could haveRyan playing a romantic lead with Tim Robbins (Daily Variety, Jan. 18), who is also in negotiations to star.

The script was written by Andy Breckman (“True Identity,””Arthur 2: On the Rocks”) and has since been polished by Michael Leeson. The story, set at Princeton, has Einstein stepping in and playing matchmaker when he finds that his niece is engaged to the wrong guy.

The right guy (the role Robbins is in talks for) turns out to be a mechanic, but Einstein passes him off as a genius.

The project was developed by Sandollar Prods. It’s due to go before the cameras this spring with Sandy Gallin and Scott Rudin as exec producers. Carol Baum and Schepisi are producing.Ryan is repped by International Creative Management.

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