Adam McKay’s path to becoming a director began as a notoriously mischievous improvisor under the tutelage of guru Del Close in Chicago, then joining SNL as a writer, eventually ascending to head writer in the mid-nineties. It was there he began his collaboration with Will Ferrell that would come to define his feature directing career. The two have collaborated on Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers, The Other Guys, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, establishing a formula of highly designed and actively structured plays on genre that have shaped the modern comedy landscape beyond their work alone.
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The writing/directing duo behind The Lego Movie might not be returning to the director's chair for the sequel, but they've officially signed on to pen the script. According to Variety, Phil Lord and Chris Miller will both write and produce the upcoming Lego Movie sequel, though a director has not yet been found despite March's reports that Chris McKay had signed on for the project (he's onboard as a producer). The Lego Movie 2 is now slated for a release sometime in 2018 after Ninjago in 2016 and Lego Batman in 2017 starring Will Arnett.
Over the summer it was announced that FX passed on Charlie Kaufman's comedy pilot starring Michael Cera and John Hawkes, but now Kaufman has a new project in the works with a big comedy star. Deadline reports that Kaufman has signed on to rewrite the film adaptation for IQ 83 based on Arthur Herzog's 1978 science fiction novel about a virus outbreak that lowers humanity's IQs, and Steve Carell is attached to star. Here's a description of the book via Coming Soon:
You are Dr. James Healey and last week you were a genius. That was before the DNA experiments. Before the accident you said could [...]
Not long after director Edgar Wright left Marvel's Ant-Man film in May, Adam McKay was chosen to help rewrite the script for new director Peyton Reed and recently revealed to Collider that he enlisted star Paul Rudd to help out. "Ultimately I didn't want to jump in as director, I had too many other projects going on and it was too tight," McKay said, "but I thought, 'You know what, I can rewrite this, and I can do a lot of good by rewriting it.'" McKay went on to say that Rudd turned out to be "really great with dialogue" and that they "holed up in [...]
SNL writer Chris Kelly is turning his life into a Hollywood movie. The Wrap reports that Adam and Naomi Scott are producing a film by Kelly with Jesse Plemons (Friday Night Lights) and Sissy Spacek set to star. Titled Other People, the film will be Kelly's directorial debut and serve as an autobiographical look at "a gay Saturday Night Live writer who returns home to Sacramento to be with his mother (Spacek), who is in the final stages of terminal cancer. While home, he struggles to deal with a painful recent breakup and reconcile with his conservative father's disapproving attitude regarding his sexuality."
Kelly has been an [...]