Step Brothers Director Adam McKay Was Approached for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Adam McKay, known for his work on Step Brothers, The Big Short, Vice, Anchorman and more, has spoken with Disney about working on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – though there’s another Marvel franchise he’s more interested in.
Speaking with the podcast Happy Sad Confused, McKay was asked if he’s on a short-list to direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3, saying “We’ve talked a little bit. We were kicking around the idea of The Inhumans at one point. We’re always kind of talking. I think [Kevin] Feige is just the greatest, and I think what they’re doing over there is amazing.”
When asked which Marvel character he’d like to work on, McKay initially said Nova, and even mentioned that Disney’s been kicking around an idea pertaining to the character, though he quickly settled on Silver Surfer.
“Silver Surfer is the one I wanna do, man,” said McKay. “I would do anything to do Silver Surfer, because visually that would just be… you could do what the Wachowskis did with Speed Racer with The Silver Surfer. At the same time, there’s a great emotional story in there, where the guy has to make the choice to save his planet.”
McKay previously worked with Marvel on Ant-Man, helping rewrite the script with Paul Rudd after Edgar Wright left the project, saying they were “holed up in a hotel room for like three months” finishing the script.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was originally going to be directed by James Gunn, though he was removed from the project this summer. Production on the movie has been put on hold as Disney searches for a new director. Many fans want Gunn to return to the franchise, going so far as to spend $4,000 on a billboard near Disneyland trying to get him rehired.
McKay has been busy writing, directing and producing films since Ant-Man, most recently finishing the biographical comedy-drama Vice about former Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney.
In our review of Vice, we called the film “Good” saying it’s a “funny and vicious political commentary, revealing in clear, thrilling detail a man whom filmmaker Adam McKay considers one of the most insidious and dangerous political figures of the last fifty years.”