Film director Jay Roach is teaming with HBO once again on a series that promises to tackle religion in America.
HBO has picked up the director's latest project entitled "Our Father" as part of his two year deal with the cable giant. The series is said to focus on one of America's most influential and powerful pastors as he attempts to reconnect with his faith and family as faces unlikely enemies who threaten his dominance over church policy. Roach is signed to helm the pilot of the series, written by "Zombieland" scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, with all three executive producing.
Roach really made his mark in film with comedies, from "Meet The Parents" to the "Austin Powers" trilogy, so it's interesting to see him venture into drama with writers most notable for comedy as well. This makes me think that despite the 'drama' label, perhaps this falls more into the drama with comedy stylings realm.
In addition to his comedy projects, Roach has recently teamed with HBO in directing politically-charged projects like the Sarah Palin flick "Game Change" and "Recount," winning two Emmy awards in the process for directing and Best Movie/Miniseries. His most recent directorial effort saw him return to comedy with a different kind of politically-charged project, the Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis comedy "The Campaign." Reese and Wernick, after striking gold with 2009's "Zombieland," have been working on a number of projects including "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and Marvel Comics' "Deadpool" scripts in addition to a zombie sequel.