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U signs up ‘Recruiter’

Studio buys 'Virgin' star Malco's pitch

Universal Pictures has acquired “The Recruiter,” a comic pitch hatched by “40-Year-Old Virgin” co-star Romany Malco.

Pic, about a day in the life of a Marine recruiter, will be crafted as a star vehicle for Malco, who’s on the Showtime series “Weeds.” “Virgin” director Judd Apatow will produce.

Rob Siegel, whose scripts include “The Wrestler” and “The Onion Movie,” is set to write “The Recruiter.” U production president Donna Langley and senior veep Holly Bario will oversee the pic for the studio.

Aside from “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” Apatow produced “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” and the upcoming Will Ferrell starrer “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

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