Justin Theroux Set to Direct Universal's Chief Ron Movie
by Alex Billington
June 10, 2009
From actor to writer to director. Justin Theroux, who first started out as an actor and starred in David Lynch's two most recent films, is set to direct his second feature, titled Chief Ron, for Universal. After directing the Mandy Moore indie drama Dedication in 2007, Theroux ended up co-writing Tropic Thunder with Ben Stiller. When that became a huge hit, he was hired by Marvel to help write the screenplay for Iron Man 2. Now he's back in the director's seat with Chief Ron, a comedy about a conman who claims he's Mohegan in an attempt to open a casino. I'm already digging the concept and I barely know what it's about.
Chief Ron is actually inspired by 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. The screenplay was written by Jordan Roberts, of Around the Bend and March of the Penguins previously. Universal producing hot shot Brian Grazer is producing Chief Ron along with Grant Morris and David Gordon executive producing. I never saw Dedication, but as long as this has the same kind of humor as Tropic Thunder, then I can't wait to see it. At least it has a crazy backstory that should bring the laughs.