‘Swingers’ duo has it ‘Made’

Artisan buys rights to Favreau-helmed Vaugh starrer

Artisan Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to the feature film “Made,” which reteams duo Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn for the first time since “Swingers.”

The pic will be produced by Favreau and Vaughn and will begin lensing in the spring. Artisan will distribute and market the film after its completion.

Set in Los Angeles and New York, “Made” tells the story of two wanna-be Los Angeles mobsters who work as club boxers and construction workers. The pair is sent to New York in a comic and dramatic attempt to become “made” men.

“The chemistry between John and Vince onscreen and off is incredible,” said Artisan prexy Bill Block. ” ‘Swingers’ was such a critical favorite and when ‘Made’ came to us we acted quickly to bring this film into the Artisan fold.”

Favreau and Vaughn had intended to work together on Favreau’s “Guam Goes to The Moon” at Paramount but the duo has fallen off that project.

Vaughn can next be seen starring opposite Jennifer Lopez in New Line’s “The Cell.” He is filming the “The Prime Gig” with Ed Harris and Julia Ormond for Independent Pictures.

Favreau has acted in such pics as “Very Bad Things,” “Deep Impact” and the television special, “Rocky Marciano.” He stars opposite Famke Janssen in “Love and Sex,” which debuts at Sundance 2000. He also appears in the upcoming “The Replacements.”

Forthcoming Artisan releases include Jim Jarmusch’s “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai,” Roman Polanski’s “The Ninth Gate” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream.”

Favreau’s deal was negotiated by UTA, managers Brad Grey and Peter Safran at Basic Entertainment and attorney Geoff Oblath at Armstrong, Hirsch, Jakoway, Tyerman and Wertheimer.

Vaughn’s deal was negotiated by UTA and attorney Debby Klein at Bloom, Hergott, Cook, Diemer & Klein.

Block and Artisan’s executive veep Ken Schapiro negotiated Artisan’s end of the pact.

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