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Adam McKay on The Big Short's 2015 release: 'We were a little surprised too'
By SP_COP on September 23, 2015 | From
Adam McKay on The Big Short's 2015 release: 'We were a little surprised too' Oscar season is not known for its surprises. Yes, there are always pretenders and contenders, but the awards-industrial complex has a way of slotting the entire field months in advance, from the fall festival favorites to the prestige Christmas Day releases. It’s the reason you can click on an Oscar prognostication site and see that four of the top-eight picks for Best Picture — Joy, The Revenant, The Hateful Eight, and Bridge of Spies — have not even been screened yet.

So it was a rare treat when the trailer for The Big Short popped up online Tuesday morning. The film was on no one’s Oscar radar, simply because no one expected Paramount to release it this year. Based on Michael Lewis’ book about the 2008 mortgage crisis that nearly pulled the entire world economy into the abyss, The Big Short stars Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, and Steve Carell as the financial savants who recognized the fatal flaws in the murky real-estate market and then bet heavily on the bubble bursting. Adam McKay, the former Saturday Night live head-writer best known for his Will Ferrell collaborations like Anchorman and Step Brothers, fell in love with Lewis’ book and convinced Pitt’s Plan B that he was the guy to bring it to the screen.

The Big Short will premiere as the closing-night gala film at AFI Fest on Nov. 12, before a limited opening in theaters on Dec. 11. It will open wide on Dec. 23.

On Jan. 29, 2014, EW interviewed McKay about the super-size cut of Anchorman 2 that was being released in theaters. Before saying good-bye, he mentioned his next meeting: a sit-down with Plan B to discuss “a bunch of ideas for [The Big Short],” a project that seemed dead in the water. Just 20 months later, he’s in the editing bay, putting the finishing touches on a hugely ambitious film with a ridiculously talented cast. So yes, he’s kind of a big deal....
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