Adam McKay To Write, Direct & Produce ‘The Uninhabitable Earth’ For HBO Max | TV News


Adam McKay already has a solid partnership with HBO, having worked on Succession and currently developing a series about the Showtime-era Los Angeles Lakers. So it’s little surprise to hear that the filmmaker has another project in the works, this time for HBO’s new streaming service, HBO Max.


McKay will write, direct and produce a new anthology series titled The Uninhabitable Earth, inspired by David Wallace-Wells‘ bestselling book and New York Magazine article of the same name.


The series concerns climate change, global warming and other environmental catastrophes, and will be comprised of fictional standalone stories that cover a wide range of genres and possible futures that could result from the rapid warming of our planet.


The book is similar, offering readers a travelogue of the near future and the impending terrors — rising sea levels, food shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation, to name a few — that we will all face if we don’t all work together to save the planet.


The plan is for the first season to enlist top directors and writers to join in creating a provocative and entertaining series that taps into our “unease with just how delicately our planet is teetering on the precipice”. McKay will write and direct the first episode. He’s worked with big actors before, and combined with the important nature of the show, we could see some other big names attached.


This project is a part of the five-year television deal McKay signed with HBO recently. He said in a statement: “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”.


McKay has fingers in lots of pies, so it’s unclear which of his many projects will take precedence. But he’s also an activist, and considering the real-life importance connected to The Uninhabitable Earth, this will probably be pushed towards the front.



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