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McConaughey teams with McG for sports drama

McG is set to direct Matthew McConaughey in an untitled drama about the Marshall U. football team tragedy for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

Basil Iwanyk and McG will produce.

Story revolves around the 1970 plane crash that killed nearly the entire football team and coaching staff of the West Virginia college.

Jamie Linden (“The Dogs of Babel”) penned the screenplay, based on a story by Cory Helms and Linden.

Pic is skedded to begin shooting in the spring on location in West Virginia, utilizing the Marshall campus and environs.

Legendary Pictures, backed by private equity, will co-finance and co-produce the movie with Warner Bros. Project has been set up at Iwanyk’s Thunder Road, which is based on the Warners lot, and McG’s production company, Wonderland Sound & Vision.

Exec producers are Brent O’Connor, Thomas Tull, Jeanne Algood and Scott Mednick. Warners creative exec Lynn Harris will oversee for the studio.

“I’ve been looking to expand my horizons as a storyteller. This is more than a football movie. This is a film about survival and belief in humanity,” McG said.

McG, whose last feature was “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” has been focusing recently on TV projects. He’s in pre-production on action-romance “Hot Wheels” for Sony.

McConaughey appears next month opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in Paramount’s romantic comedy “Failure to Launch.”

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