Continuing the new evolution of his career, The Big Short director and screenwriter Adam McKay is taking on another reality-charged story with an UNTITLED DICK CHENEY PROJECT set at Paramount. According to reports, he began writing this new script after winning the Oscar for The Big Short and is now readying to send it out to actors with shooting intended to start in the spring.
Cheney was the Vice President from 2001 to 2009 under George W. Bush and became known for his leadership of the Global War on Terror following the 9/11 attacks, including early support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as interrogation techniques such as wiretapping and waterboarding. He also supported gay marriage, which was in direct opposition to Bush and the administration’s stance on the subject.
The first major feature Cheney was depicted in was Oliver Stone’s W, with Richard Dreyfuss as Cheney (playing opposite Josh Brolin’s Bush).
In commenting on the project, McKay revealed he was “astounded at how much he (Cheney) had shaped modern America’s place in the world and how shocking the methods were by which he gained his power.”
The film will be produced by Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner, alongside McKay and his Gary Sanchez partners, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick, reuniting the teams after their successful work on The Big Short.
McKay started in comedy, working as a writer on Saturday Night Live and then going on to write and direct features like Anchorman, Step Brothers, and The Other Guys. Last year’s The Big Short sparked a transition in his career to more dark and timely comedy, which he’s now continuing with this project and others. He’s directing the pilot for HBO’s Succession about a global media family and Bad Blood at Universal, a film about Elizabeth Holmes with Jennifer Lawrence attached to star.
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This news was first reported by Deadline.