Bateman, Love co-star in Universal comedy

Universal Pictures is sending Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman and Faizon Love on “Couples Retreat,” a Favreau-scripted, Peter Billingsley-directed comedy.

Story follows four couples who go to a tropical island resort. While one couple is there to work on their marriage, the others are there to play but soon discover that participation in the resort’s couples therapy is not optional.

Vaughn will produce with Scott Stuber in a co-production between his Wild West Picture Show Prods. and Stuber Prods. Victoria Vaughn and Guy Riedel exec produce.

Cast deals are being in finalized. Pic is being prepped to start production in late October in Bora Bora and Los Angeles.

Vaughn hatched the idea for “Couples Retreat,” as he did the 2006 comedy hit “The Break-Up.” Vaughn produced that comedy with Stuber and starred in it with Favreau. Billingsley, who also had a small role, has been involved in producing and second unit direction on that pic as well as the upcoming Vaughn starrer “Four Christmases” and the Favreau-helmed “Iron Man.”

Favreau takes the acting job before preparing to direct Robert Downey Jr. in the “Iron Man” sequel next year. Bateman, coming off “Hancock,” will next be seen in “State of Play” and “This Side of the Truth.” Love will next be seen in the Cess Silvera-directed “G.E.D.” and “Days of Wrath.”

Stuber recently wrapped “Role Models,” which Universal releases in November; the Joe Johnston-directed “The Wolf Man,” to be released in April; and “Traveling,” which will be released in 2009.

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