Vince Vaughn Loses 'Term Life' & Gains June Raphael on 'Business Trip'
by Ethan Anderton
October 18, 2013
Just last month, Ender's Game and True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld had joined Universal's adaptation of Term Life starring Vince Vaughn. The crime drama is based on a graphic novel by A.J. Lieberman and Nick Thornborrow. and had Peter Billingsley attached to direct the film. However, Deadline reports Universal Pictures has pulled the plug on the film early. It seems like this might have something to do with the exit of Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley taking over at the studio (not to mention the shake up at Focus Features), but supposedly the film just didn't come together as they hoped, despite the new casting.
The story follows a man named Nick Barrow (Vaughn) who makes his money planning heists and selling them to the highest bigger. But soon he finds himself being chased down by mobsters, assassins and corrupt cops. Thinking of his estranged daughter (Steinfeld), he takes out a million dollar insurance policy on himself, payable to her. However, thee policy doesn't take effect for 21 days and Nick has to try and stay alive for those three weeks with his daughter by his side. Sounds like it could be a fun thriller, so maybe another studio will pick it up.
In the meantime, another one of Vaughn's projects seems to be moving forward with no problem. Business Trip, a new comedy from writer Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Promotion), follows an Midwestern American businessman who takes his team on a trip to Europe where everything can and does go wrong as they try to gain a big contract. The pitch was picked up last year and was described as being in the same vein as Planes, Trains & Automobiles, and now the hilarious June Diane Raphael (Ass Backwards, Going the Distance) has joined the film as his wife, who wants him to spend more time with the family. She joins a cast which also includes Tom Wilkinson as one of the traveling companions. Vaughn could be on a path to career revival if Delivery Man works out well, but we'll see what happens.