Adam McKay returns to Netflix with his latest feature film.
Titled Average Height, Average Build, the project has been described as part serial killer thriller, Part comedy, follows a hitman lobbyist who uses politics to change the law to make it easier for him to be killed. As with all of McKay’s recent work, the project will address larger sociopolitical issues — like the 2008 housing crisis (The Big Short) and the climate crisis (Don’t Look Up) — Tackling crime and corruption.
McKay wrote the screenplay and will direct the feature that’s playing in the studio head’s inbox this week. Cast members already confirmed include Robert Pattinson , who will play the money killer, and 2008 Ai M. Adams as lobbyist. As previously reported, Robert Downey Jr., Forest Whitaker, and Danielle Deadwiler are also in the cast. Average Height, Average Build The actors in are all newcomers to McKay’s blockbuster comedy school so far, with the exception of Adams. She and McKay had previously worked together on McKay’s Dick Cheney film
Vice. The script needs to fill in more characters.
McKay finds himself back at Netflix after working with the studio Don’t Look Up , Nominated for Best Picture. Despite its high wattage and McKay’s award-winning track record,
Average Height, Average Buildd is having a hard time finding a home, sources say, with multiple jobs Studios dropped the project for budgetary reasons, or had issues with the film’s dark themes. McKay didn’t jump on the project, which Apple had first refusal for.
McKay is planning a late summer shoot in Boston. The writer-director has lined up key off-the-shelf talent, including cinematographer Todd Banhazl, who worked on McKay’s HBO series Winning Time.
McKay’s Don’t Look Up starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, including Timothée Chalamet , Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, Mark Rylance and Tyler Perry. It was nominated for Best Picture, and McKay was nominated for Best Original Screenplay. According to the streamer, the film is the second most popular movie of all time worldwide, with nearly watched in the first million hours a few days after posting.
McKay was represented by WME and Johnson Shapiro. He executive produces HBO’s Succession , which is currently airing its final season.