'Anchorman' Director Adam McKay's Leaving Comedy For Drama With 'The Big Short'

Anchorman and its successor, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues are two of the biggest, most (ahem) legendary comedies of our time. So what you probably wouldn't expect from their director is to follow those up with a project focusing on the financial housing and credit bubble of the 2000s. And yet Anchorman director Adam McKay is directing The Big Short , which is just that.

The film is being produced by Paramount and Brad Pitt's production company Plan B (the same company that produced Moneyball and 12 Years a Slave). The film is based off of Michael Lewis' The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine, which the New York Times' Daniel Gross described as "funny, incisive, profanity-laced and illuminating" in his review.

As for McKay, he's described as "a singular voice and talent and a ferocious mind" by Plan B in a statement released by Paramount, saying that "the vector of Adam and this book is what a producer dreams of.”So it's not Ron Burgundy, but with the great reviews circulating about Captain America: The Winter Soldier, directed by known comedy producers Joe and Anthony Russo, it seems like a good as time as any to look optimistically to comedy names stepping out of their boxes.