Deadline reports that Ball's signed on to direct and produce an untitled "dark comedy with a twist" from writer Elan Mastai, which Paramount has acquired. Ball and Mastai wrote the story together: the latter also wrote the excellent script for the rom-com "The F-Word," which is set to star Casey Affleck (word's been very quiet on that one of late, with no news since Rebecca Hall, Rose Byrne and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were linked to the female lead, although Deadline suggests that it's still moving towards production at Fox Searchlight).
Plot details are under wraps for the moment, but we're pretty sure that with Ball involved, it won't exactly be subtle: the man has the delicate touch of a combine harvester. Still, with Mastai writing, it's definitely one to keep an eye on. There's no news on when it'll film, but we imagine the intention is to have a script ready for the next gap in Ball's "True Blood" schedule.