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Par popping its ‘Button’

Director reteams with 'Seabiscuit' producers

Filmmaker Gary Ross is in final negotiations to direct “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” for Paramount Pictures.

Pic is an adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story about a man, who, at age 50, begins aging backward. When he falls in love with a woman of 30, they must deal with the awkward effects his reverse aging has on their relationship.

Project reteams the helmer with his “Seabiscuit” producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, who are producing “Button” with Ray Stark and Marykay Powell.

At one time Spike Jonze was attached to direct. Original adaptation of “Button” was penned by Jim Taylor. Ross came aboard pic after reading a new draft by Eric Roth, and the two are now developing the pic together. Pic has yet to be greenlit by the studio and has no identified start date.

Other recent directing credits for Ross, who’s repped by CAA, include “Pleasantville.”

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