Vince Vaughn to Lead DreamWorks Remake of Canadian 'Starbuck'
by Ethan Anderton
May 9, 2012
Honestly, there's a good chance that many would agree that Vince Vaughn hasn't made a truly funny comedy since The Break-Up in 2006, and if you don't think that was worthy, then Wedding Crashers in 2005 would likely be the definitive answer. I'm sorry to say that his two holiday comedies Fred Claus and Four Christmases and romantic comedies Couples Retreat and The Dilemma just didn't do anything for me at all. However, with his turn in The Watch (formerly Neighborhood Watch) this summer, it looks like he could be bringing laughs again, and now Variety says he has another comedy on the way with Starbuck.
Vaughn will play the main character, a middle-aged man whose life is turned upside down when he learns he has fathered 533 children through sperm donation. When a few hundred of the children express an irrepressible need to meet their father, the donor, codenamed Starbuck, must decide whether he will step up and reveal his identity. That means there should be a lot of fast-talking Vaughn to get through meeting his many children, and it shouldn't be too long before it gets off the ground as the studio is moving quickly to get this off the ground with a fall shooting start planned.
The film is actually a remake of the French-Canadian film of the same name from last year which became a big hit in Canada and even won audience awards at Palm Springs, Santa Barbara and the Sonoma film festivals. Frankly, I'd like to see that original film rather than just another remake, but that's not how things work in Hollywood. Funnily enough, the film's original director and writer Ken Scott is coming back in both roles for the remake. It seems a little weird for the filmmaker to be revamping his one-year old comedy so soon, but when Hollywood calls, it's usually best to pick up.
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BeepBeepRichie on May 9, 2012
Pass. Pass. A thousand times pass.
Voice of Reason on May 9, 2012
Starbuck is actually a lovely film. It's funny, touching and made my personal top ten last year. Vince Vaughn might be perfect for this role. On a side note, Ken Scott has a tremendous track record as a writer and director. I'm looking forward to see what he will do with this one.
ETP on May 9, 2012
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