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Kevin James'Paul Blart: Mall Cop' may not have been a critical darling, but it proved former sitcom star Kevin James can carry the box office on his own.

Now, Universal Pictures is hoping he can remind Vince Vaughn how it's done (Vaughn's critically-panned 2009 comedy 'Couples Retreat' drowned in theaters).

According to the Hollywood Reporter, James is currently in talks to appear opposite Vaughn in an untitled comedy about cheating. Ron Howard, who hasn't directed a comedy since 'EDtv' in 1999, is set to helm the project, with a script penned by Allan Loeb. While Howard's comedic chops may sound rusty, remember that he did produce and narrate 'Arrested Development.' Kevin James'Paul Blart: Mall Cop' may not have been a critical darling, but it proved former sitcom star Kevin James can carry the box office on his own.

Now, Universal Pictures is hoping he can remind Vince Vaughn how it's done (Vaughn's critically-panned 2009 comedy 'Couples Retreat' drowned in theaters).

According to the Hollywood Reporter, James is currently in talks to appear opposite Vaughn in an untitled comedy about cheating. Ron Howard, who hasn't directed a comedy since 'EDtv' in 1999, is set to helm the project, with a script penned by Allan Loeb. While Howard's comedic chops may sound rusty, remember that he did produce and narrate 'Arrested Development.'

If James does end up with the role, he'll have to stretch his acting wings a bit more than he's used to. Known for broad comedies, the funnyman will be going darker this time around, playing a husband whose wife is cheating on him. Vaughn will be playing his best friend who learns about the affair but doesn't know how to break the news.

With a script penned by the writer of 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' and the directing expertise of Howard, this may be just the project James needs to be considered a real actor, since it's doubtful that his upcoming film, 'Zoo Keeper,' will do the job. We have a feeling the talking animals may cause audiences to miss James' depth.