Arquette to deliver ‘Spot’ for WB

Thesp gets seven figures to topline

NEW YORK — David Arquette is set to star in the Warner Bros. comedy “See Spot Run,” with shooting to begin in June.

Arquette, recently seen in “Scream 3” and about to open in the WB grappling circuit comedy “Ready to Rumble,” will play a postal worker who takes in a stray dog that turns out to be a refugee from the witness protection program and is a pooch with exceptional crimefighting skills.

Arquette replaces Martin Lawrence, who was set to go postal in a $10 million pay or play deal but recently ankled. Arquette is being paid an undisclosed seven-figure salary to topline.

The film was scripted by Alec Berg, Jeff Schaeffer and Dave Mandel, and will be produced by Robert Simonds, who last worked with Arquette on “Airheads.”

After scene-stealing efforts in the “Scream” trilogy (he was due to be killed in the original but was spared for his comic relief abilities) and “Never Been Kissed,” Arquette has shown the potential to topline the low cost-high gross comedies that launched the likes of Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and David Spade.

“Ready to Rumble” bows March 5, and that film’s producers, Bobby Newmyer and Jeffrey Silver, are in discussions with Arquette to play the boogieman in “Boogie,” while Arquette is at the same time attached to the Henson Co. pic “King of the Elves,” which is being shopped to studios.

He’s also eyeing “Dude, Where’s My Car,” a Fox comedy, while at the same time he and pals Tobey Maguire, Lukas Haas, Joaquin Phoenix and Stephen Dorff are looking for a “Diner”-type ensemble to team on. Arquette is repped by ICM’s Nick Styne and Risa Shapiro, and managed by Steven Siebert.

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