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‘Wedding’ on track

McConaughey eyeing role opposite Lopez

Matthew McConaughey is in negotiations to star opposite Jennifer Lopez in the $35 million-budgeted Destination Films/ Tapestry Films romantic comedy “The Wedding Planner.”

The pic, which had at one point been slated for a November start date, is now scheduled to begin lensing in mid-January.

McConaughey recently starred in U’s “Edtv” and will be seen in the studio’s upcoming “U-571.”

“The Wedding Planner” has already generated considerable press because Brendan Fraser, attached to co-star since August, dropped out so that he could topline Fox’s “Bedazzled” (Daily Variety, Nov. 30).

Also, Buena Vista Film Sales, originally onboard to handle foreign distribution rights and to help finance “The Wedding Planner,” opted out and was replaced by Pacifica Entertainment, the Hollywood-based co. backed by IMF, a German group of private investors; Intermedia also stepped in to handle overseas sales.

Penned by Pamela Falk and Michael Ellis, “The Wedding Planner” features Lopez as a workaholic wedding planner whose dedication to her profession keeps her from finding the man of her dreams. When she finally meets her Mr. Right (McConaughey), he turns out to be engaged to one of her clients.

Producers are Tapestry’s Peter Abrams, Robert Levy and Jennifer Gibgot, along with De Gee Entertainment’s Deborah Del Prete and Gigi Pritzker. Prufrock Pictures’ Meg Ryan and Nina Sadowsky will exec produce.

McConaughey is repped by AMG and Beth Holden at Propaganda Management.