Vince Vaughn is attached star in Sunny and 68, a spec script drama that Gavin O'Connor will direct for Universal Pictures.
According to Variety, O'Connor wrote the script with Anthony Tambakis, and will produce with Vaughn's Wild West Picture Show Prods. banner. Universal got first crack at the script because Vaughn has a deal there.
O'Connor, whose Pride and Glory was released this past weekend by Warner Bros., said he and Tambakis wrote the script, a drama with comedic overtones, with Vaughn in mind for the lead character.
Vaughn will play a superstar on the poker circuit whose alcoholism and recklessness cause him to flame out on national television. Wiped out and owing $500,000 to bookies, he heads home to upstate New York for the first time in 20 years, looking to take back cash he'd been sending his mother. Instead, he finds his mother dying of cancer and raising a 5-year-old girl who is actually his daughter. Mom has been positioning his former high school g.f. to become the girl's eventual caretaker.
"It's a story of how three generations of women teach this character to become a man," said O'Connor. The title comes from the character's mother, who, despite the cold weather, insists that "it's sunny and 68."
Production is slated to begin in upstate New York in February 2010.