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Jack Black, Judd Apatow team up

Duo to work on 'Year One' for Columbia

Jack Black is starring in “Year One,” a comedy Judd Apatow is producing for Columbia.

Harold Ramis, who appears in a small role in Apatow’s “Knocked Up,” will direct and co-produce, and Michael Cera, who stars in “Superbad,” another Apatow production for Col, is also attached to star.

Ramis co-wrote the project with “The Office” scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, based on his story. Owen Wilson will exec produce.

Black, who last starred in “The Holiday” for the studio, recently wrapped Michel Gondry’s “Be Kind Rewind” and “Margot at the Wedding,” directed by Noah Baumbach. Both will be released this year. He is currently voicing the lead in DreamWorks toon “Kung Fu Panda.”

Besides “Superbad,” Cera will soon appear in “Juno,” Jason Reitman’s follow-up to “Thank You for Smoking” for Fox Searchlight. The “Arrested Development” star recently launched the online skein “Clark and Michael,” which he wrote, produced and stars in alongside Clark Duke.

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Fellow multihyphenate Ramis has a long line of writing, directing and acting credits dating back to SCTV and “Animal House.” Most recently, he directed episodes of “The Office,” starring Apatow repertory player Steve Carell.

Besides “Superbad,” Apatow is producing and in some cases co-writing a series of Col projects, including “Walk Hard,” “Pineapple Express” and “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan.” Latter stars Adam Sandler, a former roommate of Apatow’s.

Apatow is producing “Drillbit Taylor” for Paramount and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” for Universal, the distributor of “Knocked Up” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” his directorial debut.

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