Paramount courts helmer for ‘Jailhouse’

Fleder eyes pic about murderer who seeks redemption

Paramount Pictures is negotiating with “Runaway Jury” helmer Gary Fleder to develop another legal drama, “The Jailhouse Lawyer Project.”

“Jailhouse Lawyer,” also known as “The Raindance,” has been developed by producers Dylan Sellers and Mark Gordon and centers on a murderer who seeks redemption by earning his law degree in prison and defending another convict.

“Runaway Jury” is due out in October from Fox and New Regency. Fleder, who is repped by WMA, also directed the thriller “Don’t Say a Word” for Fox and New Regency.

Will Rokos, who was Oscar nominated for scripting “Monster’s Ball” with Milo Addica, was brought aboard last year to rewrite Doug Richardson’s script under supervision of helmer Taylor Hackford.

Gordon is in post-production on Fox’s “The Day After Tomorrow”; Sellers is producing MGM’s “Agent Cody Banks 2” and “Cinderella Story” for Disney.

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