Fox, Ramis break on ‘Rule’

Studio cites scheduling conflicts

HOLLYWOOD — Harold Ramis (“Analyze This”) has dropped out of directing Fox 2000 action comedy “Rule Number Three.”

While Ramis’ camp cites creative differences with the studio as the reason he ankled the project, Fox said conflicting schedules caused the breakup — the studio was ready to proceed with “Rule” more quickly than Ramis, who wanted to wait until spring to lense the pic.

Ramis’ departure, although amicable by all accounts, has made the immediate future of “Rule” unclear. Studio said the pic will remain a priority, and it will seek a new director. Ramis is currently working with Fox to find another project to helm.

Written by Robert Kuhn, “Rule” centers on an arrogant firearms dealer who bullies someone he assumes is just a regular guy. Turns out, however, that he’s an assassin who decides to teach the dealer a lesson in humility.

Brought to the studio by Gil Netter of Zucker/Netter Prods., Fox 2000 picked up the spec script last year. After Ramis signed on to helm, he worked with Kuhn on a rewrite.

Netter was set to produce “Rule” with Trevor Albert, who is Ramis’ producing partner in their Fox-based Ocean Pictures. Albert has subsequently ankled the project as well. Netter is still on board to produce.

Fox 2000’s production veep Peter Kang continues to oversee the project for the studio.

Upcoming projects for Ramis, who is repped by CAA, include sequel “Analyze That,” starring Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro, which he will direct for Warner Bros.

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