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Universal has decided to get together with “The Break Up,” signing Vince Vaughn to star and produce while paying more than $2 million for the comedy spec by Jay Lavender and Jeremy Garelick.

The deal is one of the industry’s largest spec sales in recent years. Scott Stuber, U’s vice chairman of worldwide production, brought the project to the studio and closed the deal Friday after outbidding other studios including New Line, Fox, Paramount and Warner Bros.

Stuber will oversee the project for the studio. Plot details are being kept under wraps; story, based on an original idea by Vaughn, centers on the aftermath of a breakup.

Vaughn, who’ll next be seen in MGM’s “Be Cool” and New Line’s “The Wedding Crashers,” will receive a “story by” credit.

Lavender and Garelick also wrote comedy script “The Golden Tux” for Dimension, with Todd Phillips directing and producing, leading to a three-script deal with Dimension (Daily Variety, Jan. 30, 2003). The duo met while they were CAA assistants and were subsequently signed by William Morris.