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Crime on the rise at New Line

Walker 'Running' with Kramer pic

New Line Cinema has closed a $6 million deal to distribute “Running Scared,” a crime drama starring Paul Walker, with Wayne Kramer (“The Cooler”) directing his script.

New Line also is in early talks on Kramer’s next pic, “The Sleeping Detective.” That drama, put in turnaround by Paramount, has Bruce Willis attached to play a narcoleptic private eye hired to track down the California governor’s daughter, whose disappearance is linked to a long-ago murder. The Kramer-scripted drama has a tentative May start date.

In “Running Scared,” Walker plays a low-level mobster who, in order to save his family, must recover a gun used in a mob hit before it’s found by his bosses or the cops.

Pic was produced by Kramer’s partner, Michael Pierce, along with Sammy Lee, Stewart Hall and Brett Ratner. Exec producers are Andrew Pfeffer, Andreas Grosch, Andreas Schmid and Matt Luber. ICM packaged the pic.

Deal for North American rights on “Running Scared,” made between New Line production prexy Toby Emmerich and Media 8 president Jenna Sanz-Agero, is the studio’s second deal of late with Media 8, following the acquisition of Kevin Costner/Joan Allen starrer “The Upside of Anger.” That pic is skedded for release March 11.

Emmerich said he would likely release “Running” after the July 15 bow of the John Stockwell-directed “Into the Blue,” the MGM diving drama that stars Walker and Jessica Alba. Walker just signed to star in the Disney pic “Antarctica.”

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