The Big Short, Step Brothers and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy director Adam McKay will direct a biopic about former American Vice President Dick Cheney for Paramount, it’s been revealed. Will Ferrell is slated to play the jovial second-in-commander-in chief. Like the subject, the project’s title is shrouded in mystery, but Brad Pitt’s Plan B company will produce it.
McKay will write and direct the film, which will follow Cheney from his move, some say lateral because he served in the Nixon, Ford and George H W Bush administrations, from Halliburton CEO to American Vice President under former Texas Governor George W Bush.
“I’ve always found Cheney fascinating”, McKay, who is on the advisory board of anti-political-corruption group 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.”,
Cheney was VP for eight years under George W Bush. After the terrorist attacks of September 11th, he pursued the war on global terrorism, the invasion of Afghanistan and the war in Iraq. Cheney also relabelled torture as an “enhanced interrogation program.”
Richard Dreyfuss played Cheney in Oliver Stone’s 2008 film W, which starred Josh Brolin as President Bush.
McKay is currently attached write and direct Bad Blood, which stars Jennifer Lawrence as the founder of controversial blood testing company Theranos. He will also direct the pilot for HBO’s Succession, a series about a wealthy “American global-media family.”
McKay and Paramount hope to be shooting the still-untitled Dick Cheney film by spring for a late 2017 release date.