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New Line, McConaughey spark to narcs

Thesp's shingle, Gustawes, Dana to produce pic

New Line has collared “Arrested Development,” a spec script comedy by Johnny Rosenthal that will star Matthew McConaughey.

McConaughey and his j.k. livin Prods. partner Gus Gustawes will produce the film with Jennifer Dana.

Story revolves around an over-the-hill narcotics officer who faces life outside the high school corridors when he hits the department’s mandatory retirement age of 30.

“He’s a delusionally optimistic character who doesn’t see why he should be replaced and is oblivious to the fact that he no longer looks 18,” Gustawes said. “He hatches a plan to go undercover one last time in the town’s most prestigious high school.

“The tone is very much ‘Zoolander’ and ‘Old School,’ which is why Matthew liked it so much.”

McConaughey next plays the serious role of Dirk Pitt in “Sahara,” Paramount/Crusader’s adaptation of the Clive Cussler novel series.

He sparked to “Arrested Development” because it was anything but serious, and gives him the chance to replicate a character like he played in “Dazed and Confused” — more than a decade after that pic launched his movie career.

The ICM-repped McConaughey might do the film right after “Sahara.” New Line execs Cale Boyter, Richard Brener and Magnus Kim will work with the Paradigm-repped Rosenthal and the producers to hone the script as the studio locks in a director.

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