Adam McKay Shelves Robert Pattinson Political Satire at Netflix – The Hollywood Reporter


Adam McKay is shelving his Netflix political satire Average Height, Average Build that was set to star Robert Pattinson and Amy Adams, and instead is focusing on project revolving around climate change.

A spokesperson for McKay said, “With the climate emergency having escalated a great deal, Adam McKay has decided to make his next directorial project a climate related one, so he will not be directing Average Height, Average Build.

Average Height, Average Build was being described as part serial killer-thriller, part comedy, that followed a killer who uses political lobbyists to change laws in order to make it easier for him to kill. Pattinson and Adams were attached to star in the film as the lobbyists. Robert Downey Jr., Forest Whitaker and Danielle Deadwyler were also set for the drama.

With Average Height, Average Build McKay would have found himself back at Netflix after partnering with the studio on Don’t Look Up, which earned a best picture nomination. Despite a high wattage cast and McKay’s awards track record, Average Height, Average Build had a hard time finding a home, with sources noting that multiple studios passed on the project for budget reasons or had issues with the dark subject matter of the film. Apple, where McKay has a first-look deal, did not jump on the project.

Prior to the actors’ strike, McKay was planning on a late-summer shoot in Boston. The writer-director had already lined up key below-the-line talent including cinematographer Todd Banhazl, who worked on McKay’s HBO series Winning Time.

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