TV comedy director Richie Keen is in negotiations to helm the Charlie Day/Ice Cube comedy FIST FIGHT. Produced by New Line, the schoolyard comedy follows an amiable English teacher (Day) who’s challenged to an after-school fight by one of his fellow teachers (Cube), who thinks that the other is trying to get him canned.
The two-hander was originally pitched by New Girl‘s Max Greenfield, but scripted by Hit List and Black List Alums Evan Susser and Van Robichaux. 21 Laps Entertainment’s Shawn Levy, Billy Rosenberg, and Greenfield are producing, with Sam Brown and Dave Neustadter overseeing. The Tracking Board exclusively announced the project and Day’s attachment in April, months before any other news source.
Fist Fight would mark Keen’s feature debut, though the emerging director has been a staple in the TV comedy space. Keen’s directed episodes of comedy series such as Maron, The Comedians, Raising Hope, Shameless, New Girl, and worked with Day on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
He most recently helmed the pilot episodes of TV Land’s Teachers and TBS’ Angie Tribeca, both of which has received series orders.
The news of Keen’s attachment was first reported by Deadline.
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