‘Anchorman 2’ director Adam McKay signs on to financial drama ‘The Big Short’

Having already conquered the realm of fart jokes and non-sequitur gags in film, Anchorman 2 director Adam McKay has decided to broaden his range to include drama. Up next for McKay: The Big Short, a financial drama for which he penned the script.

Based on Michael Lewis’ The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, McKay’s latest project will deal extensively with the housing and credit bubble that burst all over us in the 2000s. Released in 2010 via Norton, Lewis’ The Big Short spent 28 weeks at the top of the New York Times bestseller list, so it was only a matter of time before it came to the big screen. McKay will join Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company for the film. 

“Michael Lewis has the amazing ability to take complex formulas and concepts and turn them into page turners,” McKay told Variety. “Plan B and I connected over that breathless quality the book has.”

Typically, McKay is known for his blockbuster comedies, like Anchorman, The Other Guys, and Talladega Nights, so a move to drama is more or less unprecedented for a guy who built his fortune on laughs. Nonetheless, though, McKay’s ability to envision the final product from the director’s chair likely should remain the same—whether we’re talking drama or comedy would appear to be irrelevant.

Besides, it’s not like the guy hasn’t made an unfunny movie before. At least this time, we’ll expect it.