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Paramount takes look at Bigelow

Helmer considering studio's 'Paycheck' as next project

Helmer Kathryn Bigelow (“K-19: The Widowmaker”) is inking an overall first-look production deal with Paramount Pictures that will see the director bring her production shingle First Light Inc., run by David Markus, onto the lot.

First-look deal is contingent on Bigelow’s blind directing commitment to studio after their recent collaboration on the submarine drama “K-19” starring Harrison Ford.

Paramount handled domestic distrib for the pic, which was fully financed and produced by Intermedia Films.

Among the projects Bigelow is considering at Par are “Paycheck,” which helmer Brett Ratner was in early negotiations to direct back in May, but has now dropped off to pursue other projects. That pic, penned by Dean Georgaris and adapted from the short story by Philip K Dick, is being produced by John A. Davis and Michael Hackett.

Bigelow, who is repped by CAA, directed the upcoming Lions Gate Films release “The Weight of Water.” Her other recent credits include the Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett and Juliette Lewis starrer “Strange Days,” the Keanu Reeves starrer “Point Break” and “Blue Steel,” starring Jamie Lee Curtis.

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