It would appear that the relationship between Adam McKay and HBO is as strong as ever. Not only is HBO the home to the filmmaker’s “Succession,” as well as the upcoming ‘80s Los Angeles Lakers drama series, but he’s also working on the just-announced Bong Joon-ho collaboration, “Parasite” TV series. And now, according to a recent TCA panel (via Collider), McKay’s got yet another project with the network on tap.
HBO Max is set to be the home for the upcoming anthology series titled “The Uninhabitable Planet,” produced by McKay. The series, inspired by David Wallace-Wells’ novel of the same name, will tell a new environmental catastrophe story with each new episode, including topics such as global warming, rising sea levels, food shortages, and refugee emergencies. Clearly, ‘Uninhabitable Earth’ follows McKay’s recent trend of working on projects that feature a social/political undercurrent. Needless to say, it’s a far cry from “Anchorman” and “Step Brothers.”
“I’ve been chomping at the bit to get this show going. I’m very happy that HBO Max stepped up and made the commitment. There’s obviously no subject as vast and daunting,” said McKay.
In addition to producing, McKay will take the helm and write/direct the first episode of the series. No word on what that episode might look like, but it’s definitely going to be interesting. McKay has turned into one of the premier filmmakers working today, with Oscar-nominated films such as “The Big Short” and “Vice.”
HBO Max is gearing up to attempt to become a Netflix competitor and streaming giant. The service launches in May and will feature a slew of original films and series from incredible creators (thanks to things such as the recently announced deal with Steven Soderbergh). In addition, the streaming service will feature the library from Warner Bros. and the entirety of HBO’s catalog.