To be clear, that doesn’t mean Will Ferrell will be starring as Dick Cheney, but rather, his production company, Gary Sanchez Productions, will be producing the film. Think of this more as a The Big Short than an Anchorman.
The Big Short’s Adam McKay will next direct an untitled drama at Paramount Pictures about Dick Cheney, who moved from Halliburton chief executive to become reputedly the most powerful Vice President in American history. McKay has quietly completed a screenplay that will go out to actors shortly, as he and the studio hope to be shooting by spring a film that will be ready for release late 2017.
Plan B producers Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce with McKay and his Gary Sanchez partners, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick. They are all reuniting after The Big Short got five Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director, and which won Oscars for McKay and Charles Randolph for adapting the book by Michael Lewis.
“I’ve always found Cheney fascinating,” McKay told Deadline. “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.”
Got to admit, I’m all on board with this, as McKay uses the perfect word to describe Cheney: fascinating. No matter what you think of the guy, he’s so damn interesting. He’s like a real-life version of The Penguin, only far more powerful. And seeing a biopic about him with McKay’s touch sounds like gold to me.