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Ratner collecting his ‘Paycheck’

Georgaris adapts Dick's short story

Brett Ratner is in early negotiations to direct “Paycheck,” a futuristic tale of a man who has part of his memory erased, for Paramount Pictures.

Scribe Dean Georgaris adapted the pic from a short story by Philip K. Dick. Producers are John A. Davis and Michael Hackett.

In “Paycheck,” the protag must seek clues to his whereabouts for the past two years and use the information to uncover a government secret.

Before its development at Par, Dick’s short story was set up at Roger Birnbaum’s former Caravan Pictures. Caravan and Touchstone optioned the film rights to the short story in 1996.

Ratner, repped by CAA, is preparing to wrap “The Silence of the Lambs” prequel “Red Dragon” for Universal. His other credits include New Line’s hit Jackie Chan starrers “Rush Hour” and “Rush Hour 2.”