Adam McKay’s climate change film adds Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell

Adam McKay on the set of Anchorman 2
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Greenhouse has its two leads in place as Adam McKay looks to tackle global warming in his follow-up to 2021’s Don’t Look Up.

Adam McKay’s last film was the star-studded Netflix comedy drama Don’t Look Up. The film was widely viewed on the streaming platform and lots of folks enjoyed its satirical take on the way the human race might reasonably be expected to respond if an Extinction Level Event chanced to head in our general direction.

For one reason or another, however, Adam McKay’s plans for a further collaboration with Netflix were dropped. The Vice filmmaker had announced the serial killer comedy drama Average Height, Average Build as his next project. The cast had been named too, with Robert Pattinson, Amy Adams, Robert Downey Jr, Forest Whitaker and Danielle Deadwyler set to form the kind of starry ensemble that McKay was able to bring together for Don’t Look Up.

It wasn’t to be.

Months of strikes, Netflix deciding to make fewer films and McKay deciding to shift direction and make a film about the climate emergency were likely all contributing factors leading to the project’s untimely demise. Instead, McKay will be directing Greenhouse, a film that according to a fresh report (via World of Reel) is set to explore ‘the most doom and gloom scenario imaginable for our planet’.

We have casting news too: Amy Adams (who was cast in Average Height, Average Build) has followed McKay into this project having previously worked with the director on 2018’s Vice.

Sam Rockwell, most recently spotted in Matthew Vaughn’s Argylle, is also starring.

Whether McKay is working with a smaller cast this time or whether there are more names to come, we don’t yet know. Given that the story is based on David Wallace-Wells’ 2019 book, The Uninhabitable Earth, which features ‘tsunamis, extinctions, disease outbreaks, fires, droughts, famines, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, and wars’, perhaps the rest of the film’s budget will be spent on visual and special effects?

We’ll bring you more on this one – including a shoot date – as we hear it.

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