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Scribe ‘Powers’ up first-look deal

'Austin' co-writer signs with NL to develop comedies

New Line Cinema has signed screenwriter Michael McCullers, who co-wrote “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” with Mike Myers, to a first-look development and production deal.

McCullers will focus his efforts on developing new comedies for the company.

“We are looking to Michael as a fresh, original voice to develop new comedies, some of which we hope we can turn into franchises like ‘Austin Powers,’ ” New Line prexy and chief operating officer Michael De Luca said.

McCullers’ deal will be overseen by De Luca and vice prexy of production Donna Langley.

McCullers said: “Mike De Luca and Donna Langley proved with ‘Austin Powers’ that they’re willing to take chances with quirky material and new talent, and that’s what it takes to make a good comedy. I’m glad to be working with them again.”

A former writer on “Saturday Night Live,” McCullers made his feature screenwriting debut with “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.”

The scribe is currently collaborating with Myers on “Sprockets,” the bigscreen adaptation of Myers’ “Saturday Night Live” sketch centered on avant-garde German talkshow host, Dieter.

McCullers is currently producing, along with Lloyd Segan, the Victoria Strouse-helmed “Just Like a Woman.”

WMA’s Chris Fenton, Ramses IsHak and Sara Bottfeld repped McCullers.

The comic scribe is also repped by David Miner of 3 Arts Entertainment and his attorney David Feldman at Bloom, Hergott, Cook, Deimer & Klein.