HBO Buckles Up For Female Space Comedy From Kristin Gore & Jay Roach

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 2:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

jayroachgorekristinEXCLUSIVE: Jay Roach first got in business with HBO as a director and producer of the network’s 2008 movie Recount, about the aftermath of the 2000 U.S. presidential election between … Read More »

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HBO Gives Series Order To Comedy Pilot ‘The Brink’ Starring Jack Black & Tim Robbins, From Jay Roach & Jerry Weintraub

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 2:04pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

timrobbinsjackblackEXCLUSIVE: In a very quick turnaround, HBO has given a series order to The Brink, its comedy pilot starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins, directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub. Written by former Weeds executive producer Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim Benabib, The Brink is an epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Robbins); Alex Coppins (Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Callahan (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III. Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Geoff Pierson, Esai Morales and Eric Ladin co-star on the series, executive produced by Roberto Benabib, Weintraub and Roach. Kim Benabib and Susie Ekins co-executive produce.

jayroach25th Annual Producers Guild Of America Awards - ArrivalsThis marks the first HBO series for Weintraub and Roach, who both have deals with the pay cable network and established relationships there. Weintraub executive produced HBO Films’ Emmy-winning movie Behind The Candelabra, while Roach directed and exec produced the Emmy-winning HBO movies Game Change and Recount.

The Brink’s road to HBO’s primetime started with an email Weintraub received while in Europe, which contained the Benabibs’ script. “I read it and I fell in love with it,” he said. When he came back to Los Angeles, Weintraub had lunch with Roach about a movie project where hbo45__130924185923-275x112Roach mentioned that he had been looking to do a half-hour comedy. Weintraub ran to his office and brought Roach The Brink script. Joking that Roach “is famous for taking three years to make up his mind” on anything, Wentraub heard from the director the very next day. “He calls me and he says, ‘I’m in, the script is too good’.” Read More »

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Comedy From Roberto Benabib, Jay Roach, Jerry Weintraub Gets HBO Pilot Order

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 6:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Former Weeds executive producer Roberto Benabib is taking on another dark comedy premium cable project. He has teamed with HBO-based producers Jay Roach and … Read More »

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‘Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston Will Next Play Blacklisted Scribe Dalton Trumbo

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 5:34pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: When he completes his tour de force run in Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston will play the title role in the Jay Roach-directed Trumbo, the  fact-based feature of the man who broke the Hollywood blacklist. Michael London’s Groundswell Productions is … Read More »

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Annette Bening To Topline Jay Roach Comedy Series Project Eyed By HBO

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 11:18am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A potential single-camera comedy series for HBO is building a formidable team. Jay Roach is set to direct the project, titled The Third Coast, which has Annette Bening attached to star. I hear … Read More »

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Warner Bros, Atlas And Jay Roach Plan Bike Doping Scandal Pic; Acquire Life Rights To Lance Armstrong Teammate Tyler Hamilton

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 10:20am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The doping scandal that enveloped the Tour de France and led to the downfall of 7-time champion Lance Armstrong is now the focus of movies being developed by two major studios. Warner Bros has just acquired an untitled project from Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner that will be scripted by Side Effects scribe Scott Z. Burns to be directed by Jay Roach. Roach, coming off the Emmy-winning HBO pics Game Change and Recount, will produce with Roven and Gartner. The package includes the life rights of Tyler Hamilton, the former professional bike racer who was in Armstrong’s inner circle on the US Postal Service Team.

A former Olympic gold medalist and NCAA champion, Hamilton was one of the first insiders to testify under oath and come forward publicly–on 60 Minutes—to break the code of silence. Michael Radutzky, an executive producer at CBS News and senior producer for 60 Minutes, is also in talks to produce. The studio is in talks to acquire confidential rights of other key individuals involved in the story, and all of this creates the tapestry to explore the biggest and most sophisticated doping scandal in the history of sports. Read More »

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HBO Developing Pastor Drama From Jay Roach, Rhett Reese And Paul Wernick

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 4:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After delving into politics with the HBO movies Game Change and Recount, Jay Roach is turning to religion for his next project at the pay cable network. HBO has put in development drama Our Father, which has Roach set to direct and Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to write. The three will executive produce the show, which falls under a two-year overall deal Roach signed with HBO earlier this year. Our Father centers on one of America’s most powerful pastors who fights to rediscover faith, reconnect with family, and return to dominance in the face of unlikely enemies. Read More »

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EMMYS: Jay Roach On ‘Game Change’

By | Monday June 25, 2012 @ 7:34pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Boardwalk EmpireJay Roach’s political movies span the spectrum: not from conservative to liberal, but from drama to comedy.  Likely to be nominated at Emmy time is HBO’s Game Change, the story of Sarah Palin’s vice presidential nomination, written by Danny Strong, based on the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Roach also collaborated with Strong on HBO’s Emmy-winning Recount, about the 2000 presidential race.  But Roach is casting a vote for comedy with his August 10 feature The Campaign, with funnymen Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two Southerners vying for a seat in Congress. He’s also developing a Watergate film based on the memoirs of the real Deep Throat, former FBI agent Mark Felt.

AWARDSLINE: For a series, an Emmy can save a bubble show from cancellation. What does Emmy mean to a made-for-TV movie?
JAY ROACH: Getting noticed by the Emmys for a TV movie is an even bigger deal. Series are up and running continuously, but a TV movie hits once and runs a few times and unless it gets noticed, it gets forgotten. On Recount the awards attention was very, very good for that film, people discovered it later down the line.

Related: EMMYS: Julianne Moore On ‘Game Change’

AWARDSLINE:  It seems like TV is virtually the only place to see films about political subjects.
ROACH: There was a time in the ’70s when studios were making more movies that had more of a political point of view, The Candidate (1972), All the President’s Men (1976). It doesn’t seem very easy these days to set up these kinds of movies in the feature world. But I did talk about this story back during the campaign, even with a couple of studio people, before HBO bought the book. Even before I heard about the book, I was trying to convince people that being in the room where they made these decisions would be a really compelling film. Read More »

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‘Game Change’ Helmer Jay Roach Joins WME

By | Tuesday March 13, 2012 @ 3:51pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Jay Roach Dan Aloni WMEBREAKING: Director Jay Roach has moved from CAA to WME, joining his agent Dan Aloni. This comes at a time when the Roach-helmed Game Change clocked in as HBO’s highest-rated pic in eight Read More »

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Josh Lawson In Warner Bros’ ‘Dog Fight’

By | Friday November 11, 2011 @ 12:32pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Australian actor Josh Lawson has been cast in Warner Bros’ Dog Fight, the Jay Roach-directed comedy that stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis and begins shooting this month. Dylan McDermott also recently joined up, as did reportedly Jason … Read More »

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Chernin Buys ‘Foreign Exchange’ Pitch; Shawn Harwell Writing, Jeff Tomsic To Direct

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Chernin Entertainment has acquired Untitled Foreign Exchange, a comedy pitch that Shawn Harwell will write and Jeff Tomsic will direct.  Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark and Jenno Topping will produce for Chernin Entertainment, which won the pitch … Read More »

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NBC Buys Comedy Written By & Starring Andrea Savage And Produced By Jay Roach

By | Wednesday October 26, 2011 @ 10:21am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: NBC has bought a half-hour comedy from actress-comedian Andrea Savage and director-producer Jay Roach. Savage will write and star in the multi-camera project, which is being produced by Universal Television, with Roach and Jennifer Perini executive producing through their Everyman Pictures. The untitled comedy centers on … Read More »

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Dylan McDermott Goes From ‘American Horror Story’ To A ‘Dog Fight’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Dylan McDermott has carved out time from his starring role in the FX hit series American Horror Story to join the cast of Dog Fight, the Warner Bros comedy that Jay Roach will direct this fall. McDermott will play … Read More »

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What’s Really Happening With Mike Myers And ‘Austin Powers 4′?

Mike Fleming

After the Hitfix website reported that Mike Myers had signed a deal to do a fourth Austin Powers film, other websites are running wild with it. What’s really going on? Well, I wouldn’t necessarily dress for the premiere just yet. No deal has yet been signed, and top New Line brass are surprised the whole thing has reared up after they made Myers an offer six months to a year ago, and hear nothing. Forgive New Line for being skeptical: The film company thought it was well on the way to another Austin Powers installment when it made a deal in 2008 with Myers to collaborate with Mike McCullers for a Dr. Evil film that was to focus on his relationship with son Scotty (Seth Green), meant to be an unabashed homage to Myers’ father, whose Brit influence basically prodded Myers to create the British agent Austin Powers character in the first place. Then, Myers’ screen creation, The Love Guru, opened to $13 million in June 2008 against the nearly $40 million that Steve Carell’s Get Smart grossed with Steve Carell. Myers went AWOL, surfacing only for a small role in Inglourious Basterds. McCullers never moved forward with the script. Read More »

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Emanuel Nunez, Key Architect Of Reliance DreamWorks Deal, Has Left CAA

Mike Fleming

Emanuel Nunez has exited CAA. Nunez is the financing wiz who helped put bring offshore companies into Hollywood, particularly at a time in 2008 when those companies decided to bet on specific talent. He was a key point person on … Read More »

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Will & Zach Political Comedy Pitch Bought

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has won the auction for the untitled pitch package for Recount’s Jay Roach to direct Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as rival candidates in a comedy timed for release in the heat of the 2012 Presidential elections. … Read More »

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Studios Pitched Zach Galifianakis/Will Ferrell/Jay Roach 2012 Political Comedy

EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that “everybody’s interested” in a new pitch that just went out to Hollywood studios for Jay Roach to direct Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell in a political comedy about 2 candidates timed to 2012′s U.S. presidential election. (To make it more realistic, one of those candidates should be a … Read More »

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‘Little Fockers’ Brings Back Dustin Hoffman

UPDATES ‘Little Fockers’ Needs A Week Of Pickups

I’ve confirmed that those pickup shots which I first reported that Universal has scheduled for September on Little Fockers are now more … Read More »

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‘Little Fockers’ Needs A Week Of Pickups

EXCLUSIVE: Watching the sausage being made when it comes to major studio laughers isn’t pretty. So here’s a very typical example. Ever since shooting began on the threequel in the lucrative franchise, Universal has been trying to figure out how to improve its Little Fockers. At one point, replacing director Paul Weitz with producer-writer John Hamburg was contemplated early on and then rejected after Hamburg visited the set one weekend. That’s because everyone realized what a DGA mess this would result in. Plus, Adam Fogelson had just taken over as chairman and didn’t want to throw the already traumatized studio into a worse funk. So the decision was made to fix the movie in post. For about 4 to 5 weeks now, Weitz, Hamburg, Jay Roach, and Ben Stiller have been going through the footage. The good news is that they just decided that re-shoots aren’t needed. The not-so-good news is that they think a week of pickups with all the principal cast in September is required. Read More »

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