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GARY LUCCHESI ENTERS INTO EXCLUSIVE, MULTI-YEAR DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION AGREEMENT WITH PARAMOUNT PICTURES

 GARY LUCCHESI ENTERS INTO EXCLUSIVE, MULTI-YEAR DEVELOPMENT
 AND PRODUCTION AGREEMENT WITH PARAMOUNT PICTURES
 HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Gary Lucchesi has entered into an exclusive multi-year development and production agreement with Paramount Pictures, it was announced today.
 Lucchesi, former president of the Motion Picture Production Division at Paramount from December 1987 to November 1991, will establish Gary Lucchesi Productions on the Paramount lot effective immediately.
 Lucchesi also announced that Robert McMinn has joined his company as senior vice president.
 "Gary's relationship with us is one of mutual confidence, as in one partner to another," said Paramount's Chairman Brandon Tartikoff. "As a producer, he's already been a whirlwind of activity, setting up a number of attractive projects."
 "I have always wanted to produce, and am very excited about this opportunity at Paramount," Lucchesi said. "Having just completed executive producing responsibilities on the upcoming thriller 'Jennifer Eight,' I'm anxious to proceed with the development of the rest of my slate."
 In addition to "Jennifer Eight," a Scott Rudin production starring Andy Garcia, Uma Thurman and John Malkovich, Lucchesi has the following projects in development in which he will serve either executive producer or producer:
 -- "Blue Belle," a thriller to be produced in association with David Picker, with a script by David Wilson based on Andre Vachss' hard-edged novel of the same name.
 -- "Georgia O'Keefe," based on artist O'Keeffe's love affair with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, to star Michelle Pfeiffer. To be produced in association with Pfeiffer, Kate Ginzberg and Ann Bitterman, with a screenplay by Bitterman.
 -- "Once Upon a Time in the Universe," a sci-fi thriller, screenplay by Scott Roberts, to be produced in association with Robert Watts.
 -- "Three Wishes," a character drama with a screenplay by Elizabeth Anderson, to be produced in association with Cliff & Ellen Green.
 -- "Wild Blue Yonder," a science fiction adventure with a screenplay by Eric Bernt.
 -- "Under the Gun," a romantic comedy, screenplay by Jeffrey Abrams and Jill Mazursky.
 -- An untitled Terrence McNally project, produced in association with Bernie Brillstein, with a script by McNally.
 -- An untitled Wendy Wasserstein project.
 During Lucchesi's tenure as Paramount's president of production, he was involved with such major films as "Ghost," "The Hunt for Red October," "Beverly Hills Cop II," "Fatal Attraction," "Internal Affairs," "Black Rain," "The Accused," "Coming to America," "'Crocodile' Dundee II," "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" and "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear," "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," "The Godfather, Part III," "Dead Again" and, most recently, "The Addams Family" and "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country."
 Lucchesi joined Paramount in 1987 as executive vice president of the Motion Picture Group. Previously, he had been senior vice president of production at Tri-Star for two years, after being vice president of production since July 1983.
 Prior to his association with Tri-Star, Lucchesi was an agent for William Morris, representing a number of prominent actors and directors, after entering its trainee program in 1977 and working closely with Stan Kamen.
 McMinn was most recently Paramount's Motion Picture Group vice president, creative affairs, since January 1991. Before that, he served as director of development at the studio, having been story editor previously. He began at Paramount in 1985 as a story analyst. While with Paramount, McMinn was involved with such films as "The Hunt for Red October," "The Godfather, Part III," "The Naked Gun 2 1/2" and "Star Trek VI."
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