Vince Vaughn to star in DreamWorks’ ‘Starbuck’

Ken Scott is set to write and direct remake of French-Canadian hit

“The Watch” star Vince Vaughn is in negotiations to topline DreamWorks’ remake of the French-Canadian hit “Starbuck,” sources tell Variety.

Vaughn is in talks to play a middle-aged man whose life is turned upside down when he learns he has fathered 533 children through sperm donation. When a few hundred of the children express an irrepressible need to meet their father, the donor codenamed Starbuck, he must decide whether he will step up and reveal his identity.

Original filmmaker Ken Scott is set to write and direct the comedy. Andre Rouleau will produce, while Scott Mednick will exec produce. Studio has beeen planning an accelerated production schedule, with filming skedded for later this year.

“Starbuck” was released in Canada in July and opened in a handful of international territories last year. Pic won audience awards at the Palm Springs, Santa Barbara and the Sonoma festivals.

Vaughn next stars in 20th Century Fox’s alien invasion comedy “The Watch,” as well as Stephen Frears’ gambling comedy “Lay the Favorite,” which The Weinstein Company acquired out of Sundance. He’s currently preparing to reteam with his “Wedding Crashers” co-star Owen Wilson in the comedy “Interns,” which Shawn Levy will direct for 20th Century Fox. Additionally, Vaughn is developing a bigscreen take on “The Rockford Files” for Universal via his Wild West Picture Show Prods. banner.

Vaughn is repped by CAA and attorney Deborah Klein.