True Blood creator Alan Ball will return to the big screen soon, as he’s just been set to direct a dark comedy written by Elan Mastai (Alone in the Dark). Risky Business reports that Ball developed the idea with Mastai and they recently pitched the project to Paramount. Ball will also produce the film through his Your Face Goes Here Entertainment production company.
This will be Ball’s second feature film directorial effort, after his debut with 2007’s Towelhead. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for writing 1999’s American Beauty, and is currently enjoying a wildly successful run as showrunner on HBO’s hit TV series True Blood. He also recently made a deal with HBO to develop another series, this one an adaptation of the Charlie Huston crime novel The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death. Ball is set to begin filming season four of True Blood in the coming months, with the show returning to HBO airwaves next summer.