Move attributed to 'Fred Claus' flopping
Less than one day after parting company with UTA and manager Eric Gold, Vince Vaughn has signed with CAA. He’ll be repped by the percentery’s topper Richard Lovett.
The change was attributable to the thesp’s dissatisfaction with his most recent release, “Fred Claus.” The pic landed Vaughn his first $20 million paycheck, but the holiday flop displeased the star.
Vaughn signed with CAA after meeting with other agencies all day. Other spokes pulled loose from the UTA comedy wheel — including Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell, plus directors like David Dobkin and Tom Shadyac — have all landed at that percentery.
UTA repped Vaughn since his early days, and Gold became his manager right after Vaughn starred in the John Travolta pic “Domestic Disturbance.” Vaughn became a comedy star off films like “Old School,” “Dodgeball,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and “Wedding Crashers.”
UTA and Gold set him into a Universal producing deal after Vaughn generated his own comic concepts in pics like “The Break-Up.”
He gets a shot at holiday redemption later this year when he stars opposite Reese Witherspoon in the New Line/Warner Bros. comedy “Four Christmases.” In addition, WB has identified a “Wedding Crashers” sequel as one of its prime goals for a reconstituted New Line Cinema.
Though Vaughn will no longer pay management commission to Gold, they are still producing partners on “Toy Men,” a Sony-based comedy that Vaughn will star in, with a Steve Pink script rewritten by Allan Loeb, and they are producing with Neal Edelstein on “No Place Like Home,” a comedy at New Line. Vaughn is also a participant in a production fund being put together by Gold, who continues to manage Ellen DeGeneres and co-manages Carrey with ex-partner Jimmy Miller.