I life, things are seldom perfect, and that’s ok. But every once in awhile, you can find perfection in small doses. So when we heard the news that Adam McKay (The Big Short) was going to be directing a Dick Cheney biopic, the elation that set in was an unparallelled euphoria. According to Deadline, McKay has been quietly working on a screenplay since after he finished The Big Short this past year. He will partner with the same production teams–Plan B and Gary Sanchez.
The goal is to get the project up and running early next year by getting the screenplay out to a number of named stars in hopes that a studio will greenlight once they get a big fish attached. McKay plans to direct as well as write the untitled biopic. Dick Cheney has been the butt of many a joke and a polarizing figure in pop culture and the political arena alike. From implementing torture tactics in post 9/11 interrogations, to the fabled military contract fiasco that bred stories like the one behind War Dogs. McKay had this to say about what drew him to this project:
“I’ve always found Cheney fascinating. Questions of what drove him, what his beliefs were; but once we started digging I was astounded at how much he had shaped modern America’s place in the world and how shocking the methods were by which he gained his power.”
No official dates to announce for what is sure to be an epic project, but we do know he is working on the HBO series Bad Blood and Ant-Man and The Wasp.