According to Variety, Wedding Crashers team Vince Vaughn (who is rumored to be approaching the $20 million/picture mark for the first time) and director David Dobkin are in negotiations to topline Fred Claus, a new comedy from Warner Brothers. Though talks are still in the very early stages, the hope is that a deal will be struck quickly and the movie will zip into production - gee, it's a good thing Dobkin jumped ship on I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, huh? His sudden free time has really worked out for Warner's.

The screenplay by Dan Fogelman revolves around Santa's bitter older brother Fred (to be played, obviously, by Vaughn), "who heads back to the North Pole and gets a chance to redeem himself." You're laughing already, aren't you? Me too. Though nothing not involving either a hobbit or a man in a fat suit and drag can be called a sure thing in Hollywood these days, this has got to come pretty close - Vaughn combines put-upon misery with grudging good guy-ness better than anyone I can think of, and based on that whole Wedding Crashers thing, he and Dobkin are box office gold. Hurry up and get these deals done - I expect Christmas hilarity this year, dammit!

[via Dark Horizons]