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Inside Move: Leder won’t helm ‘Collateral’

'Pay It Forward' director couldn't reach budget agreement

Mimi Leder, who directed Warner Bros.’ “Pay It Forward,” won’t be helming DreamWorks’ “Collateral” after all.

Leder, who made her feature-directing debut in 1997 with DreamWorks’ “The Peacemaker,” couldn’t reach an agreement with the studio for a production budget. The parties had been trying to reach terms since August (Daily Variety, Aug. 11).

DreamWorks says it is moving forward in the hope of attaching an alternate director.

The pic centers on a Gotham cabbie who, realizing he’s driving a hit man from murder to murder, becomes “collateral” as a witness who’s forced to commit murder himself to prevent his reporting the crimes.

The script was penned by Aussie scribe Stuart Beattie (“Kick”); no talent is attached. Leder, who is repped by CAA, is said to be looking at other projects.