EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has picked up Alex R. Johnson’s spec script Northeast Kingdom for Platinum Dunes to produce. Johnson, who wrote and directed the Austin-set neo-noir thriller Two Step, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, is attached to direct Northeast Kingdom. The story line is being kept under wraps on this one, but we hear that it’s a female two-hander revenge thriller. Always nice to see strong females kick some …

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As for Two Step, it was picked up for North American distribution by Traverse Media at SXSW and had a limited theatrical run followed by a push on VOD and digital earlier this year.

Johnson is repped by the Gersh Agency, Zero Gravity Management and Marios Rush of Marks Law Group.