By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Universal Pictures
Jay Roach on the set of Meet the Parents
Ever since career FBI man, W. Mark Felt, revealed himself to be Deep Throat, the same guy who helped Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein crack the Watergate cover-up conspiracy, there has been some commotion over at Universal and Playtone.
A Deep Throat Movie for Roach
According to Variety, U and Playtone moved quickly to buy the life rights to Felt and his family immediately after he announced his secret identity in Vanity Fair. The deal also includes a memoir Felt wrote back in 1979.
Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will produce the film with Jay Roach set to direct. Peter Landesman has already been picked up to write the screenplay on Felt.
Felt was the longtime J. Edgar Hoover aide who was passed over to succeed him in favor of Nixon appointee Patrick Gray. Felt was long a Deep Throat suspect.
A drama on W. Mark Felt will be an interesting move by Jay Roach who credits himself with comedic classics such as Austin Powers and Meet the Parents. However, Roach claims that he has been waiting for his chance to diversify with dramas.
Roach's next film, coming our way this summer, is titled Used Guys and stars Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller.