Jay Roach Attached to Direct HBO's LBJ Biopic 'All the Way' (Exclusive)
The 'Game Change' director is attached to helm an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play that will star Bryan Cranston.
Jay Roach is getting back into the political arena with HBO.
The Game Change director is attached to helm an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play All the Way for the network that will star Bryan Cranston reprising his stage role as President Lyndon Johnson. The project also continues a collaboration between Roach and Cranston following their teaming on Trumbo about blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo (Roach produced and directed the upcoming film, which stars Cranston).
HBO acquired TV rights to All the Way in July and enlisted Cranston, who earned rave reviews in his Broadway debut. He also won the Tony for lead actor in a play as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theater World awards.
All the Way offers a behind-the-scenes look at LBJ's tumultuous first year in office as he takes the oath in the wake of President Kennedy's assassination, navigates the escalation of the Vietnam War and balances opposing interests to launch his landmark civil rights bill and win election to his first full presidential term.
Roach would seem a natural fit given that he teamed with HBO on Game Change about John McCain and Sarah Palin’s failed bid to defeat Barack Obama and Joe Biden in the 2008 presidential election. That film earned five Emmy Awards including outstanding miniseries or movie and outstanding directing for a miniseries, movie or a dramatic special for Roach.
But the in-demand Roach has a busy schedule, and it is unclear if All the Way will be his next project. He also is attached to direct the Scarlett Johansson starrer The Psychopath Test for Universal.
Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan is adapting All the Way for HBO Films.
The movie will be produced by Amblin Television, Tale Told Productions and Moon Shot Entertainment, with Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (Extant, Under the Dome, The Americans) on board to exec produce alongside Schenkkan and Cranston; James Degus will co-exec produce.
Roach is repped by WME, Mosaic and attorney Howard Abramson.
HBO declined comment.