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.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety