Adam McKay will be getting dressed and headed to the Oscars to see how his “The Big Short” — nominated in five categories including Best Picture and Best Director — fares. And it’s pretty incredible to think that the man responsible for fare like “Anchorman” and “The Other Guys,” is now a bonafide awards season filmmaker. But as he showed with his financial world dramedy, his sense of humor hasn’t been left behind. And chatting with Variety at the Oscar luncheon last week, he revealed one comic idea he had for the ending of “Step Brothers,” that didn’t make the grade at the time.
“There actually was an idea for an alternate ending! [Will] Ferrell and I started laughing at one point about the ending and we thought we’d end with the two of them saying, ‘We’re finally going to be grownups!’ And you cut to them in Army uniforms in the back of a truck rumbling down the back of a desert road looking at each other and you see a sign that says ‘Fallujah, 3 Kilometers.’ We told Judd [Apatow] and Sony the idea and they said you are not allowed to shoot that,” he said. “But it made us laugh so hard. It would have bummed everyone out.”
Ah well, what could’ve been….
As for what’s next on McKay’s slate, it seems a return to Marvel is in the works. As you’ll recall, he lent his pen to last year’s “Ant-Man,” and it looks like he’ll be doing the same for the followup. “We’ve been talking to Marvel actually,” he told Nerdist. “We just talked to them the other day, and it looks like I will be involved [in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’]. I don’t know if it’s gonna be right from page one. But it looks like I will definitely be involved.” And that’s good news for those who dug the tone of last year’s hit.
“Ant-Man And The Wasp” opens on July 6, 2018.