Amy Adams is having a busy week, having agreed to star in dark comedy Nightbitch and having her upcoming thriller The Woman In The Window acquired by Netflix.
However, writer/director Adam McKay is having a busy career, as he seemingly has endless projects in the works right now. He’s just added another to the long, long list.
Adams and McKay, having previously worked together on Vice and Talladega Nights, are re-teaming for a limited series at Netflix. The show is titled Kings Of America, and will follow three powerful women whose lives were inextricably intertwined with the world’s largest company, Walmart.
A Walmart heiress, a maverick executive, and a longtime Walmart saleswoman and preacher dare to fight against the retail giant in what becomes the biggest class action lawsuit in U.S. history. Journalist and author Jess Kimball Leslie will write the script and serve as an executive producer on the series.
Obviously Adams will play one of the leads, but it’s unclear which one. McKay is attached to direct the first episode and executive produce the series.
This is obviously a nice get for Netflix, who not only have two big names attached in the form of Adams and McKay but can also probably reel in a lot of intrigued viewers thanks to the ubiquitous nature of Walmart. The success of HBO’s McMillions – another series, albeit a documentary, about nefarious goings-on at a major corporation – likely helped push this project into existence.
Along with acquiring Adams’ The Woman In The Window, this won’t be the first time the streaming giant has worked with McKay either. He’s developing a sci-fi satire titled Don’t Look Up with Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence attached.
McKay is also writing and directing an anthology series titled The Uninhabitable Earth for HBO, which will focus ongoing environmental catastrophes.
He’s also developing a Parasite limited series alongside Bong Joon-ho, is at the helm of a limited series covering the Jeffrey Epstein story, and in charge of a series about the Showtime-era Los Angeles Lakers that will star John C. Reilly and Jason Clarke.
On top of all of that, he just signed on for a limited series about the global hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine. Where he will fit Kings Of America into his schedule is anyone’s guess. We’ll see whether any other big names come on board the project alongside Adams, as there remains two other intriguing lead roles available for what will likely be a heavily-marketed series.