Skeleton Coast: According to Variety, Runaway Jury director Gary Fleder has made a deal to direct Skeleton Coast, a co-production between Paramount and Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey's Icon.

Script, about a man who tries to steal the world's largest diamond, was written by Christian Gudegast and Paul Scheuring. The thriller is set in South Africa and will be exec produced by J.C. Spink, Chris Bender and Tyler Mitchell, with Icon's Kevin Lake supervising.

Before Skeleton Coast goes before the cameras, Fleder is narrowing the choices for his next film. He is attached to the New Line drama Solace, which has a script by Ted Griffin and Sean Bailey.

Brian B.