Submarine director (and Total Film columnist) Richard Ayoade has landed a high-profile role alongside Ben Stiller in Neighborhood Watch.
The Shaun Levy-produced movie revolves around a number of men who social gathering to form the titular community group, but as opposed to sitting around drinking tea and moaning in regards to the brightness of streetlights, they really uncover an incredible conspiracy.
As far as recent high-concepts go, this one feels like it has potential, throwing ordinary schlubs right into a fun sounding situation, and hopefully mocking neighbourhood watch schemes along the best way. Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill have already been cast.
Akiva Schaffer (Saturday Night Live, Hot Rod) is directing, with a script from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
Before shooting to fame as a TF columnist (and, y’know, a Brit director to maintain an excessively close eye on), Ayoade was best referred to as an actor within the likes of British TV gems reminiscent of Nathan Barley, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and The IT Crowd.
His next movie as director may be an adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg.
Neighborhood Watch is anticipated to open in summer 2012.