Australian director Michael Rymer is attached to helm, and Gary Levinsohn and Mark Gordon are set to produce the drama “Dexterity” for Paramount Pictures.

Rymer, a USC film school grad, made his debut with the 1995 Australian film “Angel Baby,” currently in limited domestic release by specialized distrib Cinepix Film Properties.

After ‘The Flood’

Levinsohn and Gordon’s Cloud Nine Entertainment produced and co-financed Par’s upcoming disaster pic “The Flood.” The company also put together foreign co-financing for Par’s current horror pic “The Relic.”

“Dexterity” is exec produced by Allison Segan, Cloud Nine president of production.

The picture focuses on a couple whose marriage crumbles after the husband loses his job due to the closure of the town’s rubber factory.

Tortuous history

The project, which has had a long and tortuous development history, was originally to be produced by Sherry Lansing, now Paramount Motion Picture Group chairman. Brad Kessell, a former Lansing associate and now Paramount VP of creative affairs, has been involved with the project for five years.

At one point the picture was seen as a vehicle for Timothy Hutton to star in and direct; later Michael Caton-Jones expressed an interest in directing with Jason Patric and Bridget Fonda in the leading roles.

Scott Rudin also was previously attached as producer.

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