McG in talks to direct ‘This Means War’

Reese Witherspoon, Bradley Cooper attached

McG could be behind the camera again by summer, directing 20th Century Fox’s comedy “This Means War.”

Reese Witherspoon and Bradley Cooper are attached to star in the laffer, which Will Smith’s Overbrook shingle is producing.

“This Means War” is a priority project for Fox prexy of production Emma Watts. Lensing could begin as early as late spring. McG had a meeting on the Fox lot Thursday to discuss the deal.

Script has gone through multiple rewrites over the years. As it stands now, storyline centers on two spies who are lifelong friends until falling in love with the same woman. It was scribe Timothy Dowling’s revision that attracted Witherspoon and Cooper, and pushed the project toward being greenlit. His previous credits include “Role Models.”

Dowling updated the story to make the two friends covert agents, among other changes.

McG was last in theaters with “Terminator Salvation,” which grossed $372 million at the worldwide box office. Film did particularly strong business overseas, where it cumed $246.7 million.

McG is repped by WME; Witherspoon, Bradley and Dowling by CAA.

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