Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich Wife

Jay Roach is ready to look to the world of sports for his next movie as he is in negotiations to direct Warner Bros.’ “The Trade” produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Affleck, Damon and Jennifer Todd will produce through their Pearl Street Films banner. The most recent draft of the script was written by Casey Affleck with David Mandel penning the first draft.

The film is based on the 1970s scandal caused by New York Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich, who admitted to swapping wives with one another.

Ben Affleck and Damon have been trying to get the film off the ground since 2010, with Damon originally eyed to direct and star alongside Ben Affleck and his brother Casey. Busy schedules and script work forced those plans to be cancelled, putting the film in development limbo ever since. Neither Ben Affleck nor Damon are now expected to appear in the film.

Even though those plans were scrapped, Damon and Ben Affleck were still determined to get the film made since they were such passionate fans of the sport (even though the Yankees are a heated rival to their hometown team the Boston Red Sox) and in recent weeks had made a push to find a director.

Andrew Fischel will oversee for Warner Bros.

The film is in the vein of “Shampoo” or one of Sydney Pollack’s classics from the ’80s and should mark a change of pace for Roach.

Roach has recently taken on politically themed projects like HBO’s “Game Change” and “Recount” and the WB comedy “The Campaign” and made his mark with comedies “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” and “Meet the Parent.”

He is repped by WME and Mosaic and is currently working on the HBO pilot “The Brink” starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins and the biopic “Trumbo” starring Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren.

Ben Affleck and Damon are repped by WME with Affleck about to film the untitled Batman-Superman pic and Damon can be seen next on “Interstellar. The WME-repped Casey Affleck is on board to write and direct the untitled Josh Hamilton film, which is set up at Relativity with Basil Iwanyk producing.

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