Terry Zwigoff building The $40,000 Man

Bad Santa director Terry Zwigoff has been handed the plans to The $40,000 Man, as New Line has just hired him to direct the comedy spoof.

The company nabbed the spec script from John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein earlier in the year, which finds a true American astronaut hero who – in true Steve Austin style – is injured in a terrible accident and needs some serious bionic rebuilding. Sadly for him, the government’s coffers are seriously depleted, and the bargain bin bionics he’s fitted with aren’t exactly super-powered.

The movie will see Zwigoff teamed back up with his Ghost World and Art School Confidential collaborator Daniel Clowes, which means this should be a funny one – we’re hopeful.