Vaughn, Witherspoon in holiday spirit

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Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon are in final negotiations to star in New Line Cinema's comedy "Four Christmases."

In the film, Vaughn and Witherspoon will play a couple who struggle to visit all four of their divorced parents' homes during the Christmas holidays.

The project is based on a screenplay by Matt Allen and Caleb Wilson. Producing are Spyglass Entertainment's Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Jon Glickman. Vaughn and Witherspoon also will produce.

A director is not yet attached to the project, which is expected to be produced for release during fourth-quarter 2008.

New Line production president Toby Emmerich and production executives Mark Kaufman and Michael Disco will oversee the project for the company.

"Christmases" originally was picked up as a spec and set up at Sony Pictures, which eyed it for holiday release in 2004, but the project was put into turnaround when it conflicted with another holiday comedy, Revolution's "Christmas With the Kranks." New Line picked it up in the fall with Adam Shankman attached to direct. Shankman instead segued to the studio's "Hairspray."

Vaughn's credits include New Line's "Wedding Crashers." His upcoming films include "Fred Claus" and the 2008 Picturehouse release "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights -- Hollywood to the Heartland." He is repped by UTA and the Gold Company.

Witherspoon, who won a best actress Oscar for "Walk the Line," will appear in the New Line thriller "Rendition," which is scheduled for an Oct. 12 release. She is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Steve Warren.
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