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http://deadline.com/2016/11/adam-mckay-dick-cheney-movie-vice-president-george-w-bush-the-big-short-paramount-pictures-1201858665/

 

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EXCLUSIVE: 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.

 

There has been expectation that the upset election of Donald Trump might spur Hollywood filmmakers to focus more on topical subject matter and cautionary tales. For McKay, a smart guy who transitioned with Will Ferrell from Saturday Night Livewriter to film scripter/director of comedy hits that included Talladega Nights, Step Brothers and Anchorman, this is no knee-jerk endeavor. It’s something he quietly began writing right after winning the Oscar, part of his continuing evolution that started with The Big Short. In Cheney, McKay found what he feels is arguably the single most powerful political figure in modern American history.

“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.”

 

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6 minutes ago, grim22 said:

Movies based on politicians who are still around don't seem to do well at the box office. W, Southside with you both flopped (or just about broke even). Cheney isn't exactly a popular person either, can be a good comedy though.

That will probably help IMO.

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3 hours ago, grim22 said:

Movies based on politicians who are still around don't seem to do well at the box office. W, Southside with you both flopped (or just about broke even). Cheney isn't exactly a popular person either, can be a good comedy though.

 

True. Part of the problem is a Dick Chenney movie will likely only appeal to solid progressives/Democrats. And then only a few percentage of those will be willing to actually go see it.

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