EXCLUSIVE: Gabriele Muccino has signed with Paradigm. The Italy-born director is coming off his most recent helming effort, last year’s Russell Crowe-Amanda Seyfried pic Fathers And Daughters. He had been at WME.

Muccino is best known for 2006’s The Pursuit Of Happyness, which earned star Will Smith a Best Actor Oscar nomination. They paired up again for Seven Pounds in 2008, and Muccino helmed the Gerard Butler romantic comedy Playing For Keeps in 2013.

The helmer first gained notice in 2002 with his Sundance hit Last Kiss, which won five David di Donatello Awards, Italy’s equivalent to the Oscars, including Best Director. His follow-up, Remember Me, My Love, was nominated for 10 Davids.