Fox garners ‘War’ spec

Lawrence attached to star in anti-buddy pic

Hoping to show that Hell or even “Godzilla” hath no fury like two best friends scorned, 20th Century Fox has acquired Marcus Gautesen’s spec “This Means War,” to which Martin Lawrence is attached to star.

Lawrence’s managers Michael Green and Jeff Kwatinetz of the Firm will produce the broad action-adventure comedy for which Fox paid $400,000 against $650,000.

New York demolished

Story is about two guys, seemingly steadfast best friends, who have not let anything come between them, until a young woman moves into their spare room. Not only does she divide them, but as they fight for her affections New York City literally is left demolished in their wake, including such landmarks as the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.

This marks the second spec sale for Gautesen since last June, when he sold to New Line “Just Like Me,” to which Mike Myers was attached to star.

Gautesen was repped by his agent Jon Klane and attorney Jeff Frankel of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller & Hoberman.

First project

The project is the first production deal set up by the Firm since the management banner was established last October.

Fox’s Sanford Panitch will oversee the project for Tom Rothman’s Fox film division. Rothman and Lawrence go back to the former’s days as prexy of production at Samuel Goldwyn Films, which acquired the actor-comedian’s concert film “You So Crazy” and released it un-edited with an NC-17 rating.

Lawrence — whose previous credits include “Nothing to Lose,” “A Thin Line Between Love & Hate” and “Bad Boys” — currently is shooting the Ted Demme-helmed “Life,” co-starring Eddie Murphy for Imagine and Universal.

According to his reps, “This Means War” is one of three projects Lawrence might do after “Life,” for which the actor received nearly $8.5 million.

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