Jay Roach Ready To Go All The Way

Reuniting with Bryan Cranston for the play adaptation

Jay Roach Ready To Go All The Way

by James White |
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They’ve just worked together on screenwriter biopic Trumbo and it appears Jay Roach and Bryan Cranston are ready to keep things historical. The director is now attached to make the HBO adaptation of Tony-winning play All The Way, which finds Cranston as 36th US president, Lyndon Johnson{ =nofollow}.

Cranston picked up a several awards, including a Tony, for his performance in Robert Schenkkan’s play, which follows the tumultuous first year of the president’s time in office, spent in the shadow of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Dealing with the escalating Vietnam War and struggling to launch a landmark civil rights bill, Johnson also had to win election for his first full presidential term.

Roach has become something of a political specialist for the cable channel, having directed TV movies Recount (about the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore) and Game Change, which chronicled what happened when presidential hopeful John McCain was persuaded to bring Sarah Palin aboard his ticket in 2008. But All The Way, despite boasting Steven Spielberg as an executive producer, might have to wait for the director’s attention, since he also has The Psychopath Test with Scarlett Johansson and action comedy **Mad Dogs **bubbling away in development.

Trumbo, meanwhile, should be out in the US this year, with a UK release following early in 2016.

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