Talk about a guy who's money, Universal is all over Vince Vaughn following the success of The Break-Up ($205 million worldwide), and has decided to nail him down to a two-year, first-look producing deal with the studio. Vaughn helped produce The Break-Up, as well as brought Uni the idea for it, and so they feel there's a lot more where that came from. In fact, Vaughn's Wild West Picture Show Prods. has already lined up three features with the studio; all of which are potential starring vehicles for the actor. The first is a high-concept comedy called Male Doula. Based on Vaughn's own idea, the flick will be penned by Dana Fox. Since they're keeping this one under wraps, I decided to do a tad more investigating. What I found (via our sister site Parent Dish) was that a 'doula' is "someone who accompanies a woman in labor. She 'mothers the mother,' taking care of her emotional needs throughout childbirth." From what I've seen, a male doula is very rare, which immediately opens the subject up for tons of comedic potential.
Apart from the high-concept birthing flick, Vaughn also lined up an untitled comedy about couples who attend a retreat to reinvigorate their marriages. That one was scripted by Vaughn's "Vegas, baby!" buddy Jon Favreau, which leads me to believe there might be a Vaughn/Favreau reunion in the works. The third and final project seems right up Vaughn's fast-talking alley. It's called Realtors, and is a comedy that follows rival realtors duking it out for commissions in the residential housing market. If that's not the perfect set-up for a hilarious ensemble comedy, I don't know what is. No word on which project will go first, but all those realtor-related television shows are hot right now. If I were a betting man (which I'm not, because I always lose), I'd say Realtors will be fast-tracked with one or more of Vaughn's usual buddies (Owen Wilson? Ben Stiller? Luke Wilson? Will Ferrell?) joining forces to sell some real estate. Which project sounds the most appealing to you?