EXCLUSIVE: After delving into politics with the HBO movies Game Change and Recount, Jay Roach is turning to religion for his next project at the pay cable network. HBO has put in development drama Our Father, which has Roach set to direct and Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to write. The three will executive produce the show, which falls under a two-year overall deal Roach signed with HBO earlier this year. Our Father centers on one of America’s most powerful pastors who fights to rediscover faith, reconnect with family, and return to dominance in the face of unlikely enemies.
Roach won two Emmys each for Game Change and Recount: for directing and best movie/miniseries. He most recently directed feature comedy The Campaign, which grossed over $100 million. Wernick and Reese just sold the spec Epsilon to Sony which they are producing with Mike De Luca. In addition, they wrote and are producing Cowboy Ninja Viking with Marc Forester attached to direct at Universal. They are also wrote Paramount’s upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation and are writing Deadpool for Fox. Roach, Wernick and Reese are repped by WME. Roach is managed by Mosaic.