Adam McKay to Direct Movie About Dick Cheney for Paramount

Brad Pitt and Will Ferrell will produce under their respective film production banners

Last Updated: November 22, 2016 @ 9:53 AM

Adam McKay is set to direct an untitled drama about former vice president Dick Cheney for Paramount, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Plan B producers Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce along with McKay and his Gary Sanchez partners, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick.

McKay wrote the screenplay and is hoping to find actors for the drama soon, due to the studio hoping to start production by spring, for release in late 2017.

The movie will follow Cheney’s transition from his CEO position at Halliburton to his vice presidential role in the White House under George W. Bush. Before Halliburton, he served in the administrations of Nixon, Ford and George H.W. Bush.

McKay is hot off his Oscar win for “The Big Short,” which received five nominations including Best Picture, and ultimately won for Best Screenplay. The 2015 film was an on-screen adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book of the same name, and it grossed $133 million worldwide. “The Big Short” starred Pitt, Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling.

McKay is currently working on the screenplay for “Ant-Man and the Wasp” as well as “Bad Blood,” which he will also direct, with Jennifer Lawrence starring.

He is represented by WME and Mosaic.

Deadline first reported the news.