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New Line has hired Rob McKittrick to write its comedy project “Tag,” which has Jack Black and Will Ferrell attached to star, Variety has learned exclusively.

Todd Garner and his Broken Road banner are attached to produce. In 2013, New Line won a bidding war for the movie rights to a Wall Street Journal article titled “Tag Brothers” centering on 10 classmates from a Spokane, Wash., prep school who, now in their 40s, play an elaborate game of tag for one month every year.

Black and Ferrell have been part of “Tag” since it was set up. Mark Steilen was attached two years ago to write the script.

McKittrick originally broke in Hollywood with his film “Waiting,” which he directed from his own script, and has worked on several other New Line projects including “Work Wife” with Joe Swanberg attached to direct, “Mancrush” and “Catfight.”

He’s repped by Paradigm, DMG Entertainment and attorney Jeff Frankel.