Vince Vaughn’s crime thriller Term Life is alive once again.
Just weeks after Universal pulled the plug on the project, QED International and Worldview have come aboard to finance and produce the adaptation of the Image Comics graphic novel by Andy Lieberman and Nick Thornborrow.
Universal is back in the picture, too, this time just as domestic distributor.
Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld will star in the film, which will be directed by Peter Billingsley from a script by Lieberman.
Vaughn is also producing with Victoria Vaughn and Micah Mason of Wild West Picture Show Productions, QED’s Bill Block and Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners.
Anton Lessine and Sasha Shapiro will executive produce with Worldview’s Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson.
The hope is for a 2014 start date.
QED will be selling the film at AFM, while CAA packaged and arranged financing for the project.
Term tells the story of a low-life whom everybody — including mob bosses, contract killers and dirty cops — wants dead. In a rare act of selflessness (and desperation), the man takes out a million-dollar life insurance policy to benefit his estranged daughter, but soon after he realizes it doesn’t take effect for 21 days.
The graphic novel was designed in nonlinear fashion and focused on the man’s efforts to make it to the finish line while trying to be a responsible father for the first time.