Jay Roach Attached to Direct Action Comedy Adaptation 'Mad Dogs'
After messing with politics both dramatically and comedically with Game Change and The Campaign respectively, director Jay Roach is looking to switch things up by venturing into action comedy. THR has word that the director of the Austin Powers trilogy is attached to direct Mad Dogs, an adaptation of the book of the same name by James Grady. The book, which is being used as a jumping off point for the big screen story described as The Hangover meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Wes Jones, who wrote the 2010 Black Listed script College Republicans, will write the script, and this one sounds like a lot of fun.
The story will follow three dysfunctional guys working low-level jobs in U.S. Intelligence who have been deemed crazy and sent to a government mental hospital for spies. Convinced someone wants them dead, they hatch an escape plan. It’s obvious they know too much but their only hope to survive is to figure out what exactly it is that they know. The LEGO Movie producer Dan Lin is also on board as well, and this sounds like it could be the film that The Men Who Stare at Goats was trying to be, though without the imitation Coen Brothers style. We'll next see Roach's work behind the camera in a potential awards contender, the historical drama Trumbo, starring Emmy winner Bryan Cranston. Sound good?