Jay Roach to Direct Baseball Scandal Movie for Producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

Ben-Affleck-Matt-Damon-Jay-Roach-618x400A film based on the 1970s scandal involving New York Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich, who admitted to swapping wives with one another, is in development. Titled The Trade, the film will be directed by Jay Roach who was behind the camera for all three Austin Powers movies, Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, and The Campaign.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are producing the film while Affleck, his brother Casey and Dave Mandel (SeinfeldCurb Your EnthusiasmThe Dictator) wrote the screenplay. It isn’t clear if the film is going for a comedic tone or a more serious one but there certainly are a lot of comedic influences involved.

The film has been in the works for a little while now and at one point Damon was eyed to direct with himself and the elder Affleck set to star but it appears that they have outgrown the roles and that younger actors will be cast instead.

Busy schedules and script work have put the film in development limbo ever since but Damon and Affleck, both passionate baseball fans, are still determined to get the film made and in recent weeks had made a push to find a director.

No word yet on when the project will actually go into production as Roach is also busy with the HBO pilot The Brink starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins, as well as the biopic Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren.