Universal, Imagine roll dice on ‘Ron’

Justin Theroux to direct casino comedy

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have set Justin Theroux to direct “Chief Ron.”

The Jordan Roberts-scripted comedy concerns a conman who claims Mohegan ancestry in an attempt to open a casino.

Brian Grazer is producing.

The comedy’s inspiration is the true story of Chief Ron Roberts. His blonde hair and blue eyes raised skepticism over his ancestral claims but he prevailed in court and is now building a casino in upstate New York.

Theroux takes the directing job after completing the script for “Iron Man 2” for Marvel Entertainment and Paramount. Before that, he co-wrote and was an exec producer of “Tropic Thunder.”

Grant Morris, David Gordon Green and Imagine’s Erica Huggins are exec producers.

Project reps the first major studio directing gig for Theroux, who made his helming debut on “Dedication,” a film that made its debut at 2007 Sundance before being released through the Weinstein Co.

More Film

  • oprah actors on actors

    Oprah Winfrey to Receive 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globes (Watch)

    Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have set Justin Theroux to direct “Chief Ron.” The Jordan Roberts-scripted comedy concerns a conman who claims Mohegan ancestry in an attempt to open a casino. Brian Grazer is producing. The comedy’s inspiration is the true story of Chief Ron Roberts. His blonde hair and blue eyes raised skepticism over […]

  • Kevin Hart Great Outdoors

    Film News Roundup: Kevin Hart Boards Action-Comedy 'On the Run' at Universal

    Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have set Justin Theroux to direct “Chief Ron.” The Jordan Roberts-scripted comedy concerns a conman who claims Mohegan ancestry in an attempt to open a casino. Brian Grazer is producing. The comedy’s inspiration is the true story of Chief Ron Roberts. His blonde hair and blue eyes raised skepticism over […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    AMC Adding Late-Night Screenings for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

    Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have set Justin Theroux to direct “Chief Ron.” The Jordan Roberts-scripted comedy concerns a conman who claims Mohegan ancestry in an attempt to open a casino. Brian Grazer is producing. The comedy’s inspiration is the true story of Chief Ron Roberts. His blonde hair and blue eyes raised skepticism over […]

  • Donald Trump 'Mentally Unfit' to Be

    Donald Trump Is 'Mentally Unfit' to Be U.S. President, Rob Reiner Says

    Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have set Justin Theroux to direct “Chief Ron.” The Jordan Roberts-scripted comedy concerns a conman who claims Mohegan ancestry in an attempt to open a casino. Brian Grazer is producing. The comedy’s inspiration is the true story of Chief Ron Roberts. His blonde hair and blue eyes raised skepticism over […]

  • Tiffany Haddish Girls Trip

    Tiffany Haddish Joins Ike Barinholtz in Satirical Thriller 'The Oath'

    Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have set Justin Theroux to direct “Chief Ron.” The Jordan Roberts-scripted comedy concerns a conman who claims Mohegan ancestry in an attempt to open a casino. Brian Grazer is producing. The comedy’s inspiration is the true story of Chief Ron Roberts. His blonde hair and blue eyes raised skepticism over […]

  • Redbox On Demand - Roku

    Redbox Launches Digital Movie and TV Service, Without Disney Titles

    Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have set Justin Theroux to direct “Chief Ron.” The Jordan Roberts-scripted comedy concerns a conman who claims Mohegan ancestry in an attempt to open a casino. Brian Grazer is producing. The comedy’s inspiration is the true story of Chief Ron Roberts. His blonde hair and blue eyes raised skepticism over […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content