Dick Cheney is a formidable individual, which is why the left has gone to great lengths to demonize him. The planned Hollywood biography film about Cheney will likely be more of the same.
Adam McKay is going to direct. McKay gave us The Big Short which presented a very incomplete and inaccurate version of the story behind the 2008 financial crisis. He was also a head writer for Saturday Night Live, so there is little doubt in my mind that the Cheney picture will be a hit piece.
After diving into the economic crisis of 2008, “The Big Short’s” Adam McKay is taking aim at one of Washington’s most polarizing figures.
Sources tell Variety that Christian Bale, Steve Carell, and Amy Adams are in talks to star in McKay’s untitled Dick Cheney biopic for Paramount. Sources say Bale is on board to play the former vice president, Carell would portray Donald Rumsfeld, and Adams would play Lynne Cheney.
McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions and Brad Pitt’s Plan B is on board to produce.
McKay will direct from his own screenplay with the studio and producers aiming to shoot the movie in the spring for an awards-season push, similar to “Big Short.” Producers are Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner through Plan B along McKay and his Gary Sanchez partners, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick.
If the film bashes Cheney sufficiently it will be a shoo-in for awards. It won’t even have to be good as long as it is ideologically correct and appropriately demeaning of the former Vice President.
Cheney served in the administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and George H.W. Bush before becoming the CEO of Halliburton. He was VP between 2001 and 2009 under George W. Bush and was at the center of foreign policy as that administration pursued post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq along with “enhanced interrogation” programs against suspected terrorists.
McKay has been vocal recently about his countless hours spent researching Cheney and his climb to power, and has been working hard to get Bale on board as the titular politician.
My prediction is that the film will receive awards and critical acclaim but it won’t put many butts in theater seats.