'Exchange' rates for McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey is making an exchange. The actor's J.K. Livin production banner is developing "Exchange Student," a comedy about two college freshmen going in opposite directions — literally — and has signed up-and- coming writer Mike Vukadinovich to pen the script.

The story revolves around two exchange students, one who ships out from the U.S. and one who comes in, who experience new environments in very different ways: One has the time of his life, the other goes off the rails. The tenor of the project is described as a family comedy with wry overtones a la Wes Anderson.

McConaughey generated the story and will produce and potentially star in one of the nonlead roles. J.K. Livin's Mark and Gus Gustawes will serve as producers.

In addition to "Exchange," Vukadinovich and J.K. Livin are developing "Jonah and the Whale," a dysfunctional-family dramedy that the writer penned as a spec. J.K. Livin has sold the script to Starz, which is developing the project as a potential series.

Vukadinovich has enjoyed a rags-to-riches rise. A playwright and staffer in the development department at HBO, he came to the attention of Hollywood reps with a satiric political play about a teen who runs for school office by mirroring the tactics and policies of George W. Bush. He then signed with Brooklyn Weaver at Energy Entertainment and Ava Jamshidi at ICM and subsequently was introduced to J.K. Livin by Scott Rudin exec Mark O'Connor.

McConaughey next appears in the New Line romantic comedy "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," then he will topline and produce, via J.K. Livin, the barroom-brawler comedy "The Grackle," which David O. Russell is attached to direct. (partialdiff)
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