EXCLUSIVE: With the climate change emergency becoming more and more of global threat, Adam McKay, who has been outspoken advocate of the threat, is deciding to make his next directorial project a climate related one. Insiders add that with this project now getting all of McKay’s attention, he will no longer be directing the Netflix pic Average Height, Average Build and the film will no longer be moving forward. McKay penned Average Height, Average Build and brought the project to Netflix and with him no longer involved there is no plan to find his replacement and move forward with the film.
Netflix could not be reached for comment. No other plot details are known and no other talent attachments are involved with the climate project at this time.
As for Average Height, Average Build, Deadline broke the news earlier this year that Netflix had come on to the star-studded project that with a cast that included Robert Pattinson, Amy Adams and Robery Downey Jr. The film followed Pattinson playing a serial killer who enlists a lobbyist (Adams) to change laws that will allow him to get away with murder more easily. Downey’s role is a retired cop who won’t give up on the murders, and the killer tries to prevent him from dogging his trail now that he’s hung up his gun. The serial killer turns himself into a cause celebre, a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington figure shielding his true motives.
McKay has not just used his work to talk about the climate change emergency over the years but also been very active outside of the industry to get the word out about the growing threat. Earlier this year he launched the nonprofit Yellow Dot Studios to make videos and other materials aimed at raising public understanding of the climate emergency and related issues, following the viral success of his spoof Chevron ad last September that had more than 4.5 million views in 24 hours alone.
McKay and his Yellow Dot team will produce quick-turnaround videos, memes and media that is in step with the increasing urgency of the climate crisis.
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