Deadline reports that Netflix will no longer move forward with Adam McKay’s serial killer comedy, Average Height, Average Build. The film, which McKay wrote, would have starred Robert Pattinson, Robert Downey Jr., and Amy Adams. But the project has been indefinitely halted after McKay has decided to shift his focus onto a new project that’s related to the climate change crisis under his nonprofit Yellow Dot Studios banner.
Average Height, Average Build Also Starred Amy Adams And Robert Downey Jr.
By the sounds of it, Average Height, Average Build would have been an excellent comedy of errors. Though the film was still very much in the pre-production phases, the story would have centered on Robert Pattinson’s character, a serial killer who enlists a lobbyist (Amy Adams) to help him change laws involving violent crimes. Successfully changing the laws would allow him to more easily get away with murder, and allow him to continue carrying out his heinous crimes against humanity undetected. Meanwhile, Robert Downey Jr. would have portrayed a retired detective who was hellbent on tracking down Robert Pattinson and bringing him to justice once and for all. Average Height, Average Build would have been a little bit Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and a little bit Dexter, but not without a sense of humor that would bring it into satirical territory. But now that McKay has shifted focus onto a new project, Netflix has decided to scrap the project instead of finding a new director.
Will The Movie Ever Be Made?
Though Average Height, Average Build would have been an excellent addition to Robert Pattinson’s filmography, the unfortunate reality is that the project will probably never be fully realized. Without knowing the granular details of the contract involved, it seems that without McKay helming the project, Netflix will simply cut their losses and move on to other projects instead of finding somebody else to helm the project.
McKay’s Mystery Project
At the time of this writing, not much is known about McKay’s new project as far as plot or acting talent involved. But he must feel strongly about the new project that he has shifted his focus to. It’s not every day that a writer and director secures talent like Robert Pattinson, Robert Downey Jr., and Amy Adams, and decides to walk away from a project with such a great cast.
Robert Pattinson In The Boy And The Heron
But if you’re itching to see Robert Pattinson do his thing, there are two projects you may want to look into. This past July, the Twilight actor offered his voice-over talents to an animated Japanese fantasy film, The Boy and the Heron. Though the original version of the movie is in Japanese, Pattinson portrays the titular talking bird in the English-dubbed version.
Up Next For Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson will also star in the upcoming movie Mickey 17, which is slated for a March 29, 2024, release date and will be distributed by Warner Bros. The science-fiction film is based on the 2022 Edward Ashton novel, Mickey7. In this film, Pattinson will take on the lead role of Mickey Barnes, an expendable space traveler who is tasked with colonizing the ice world Niflheim.In addition to Robert Pattinson, Mickey 17 will also star Steven Yeun, Naomi Ackie, Toni Collette, and Mark Ruffalo. Production for the upcoming science-fiction movie wrapped in December 2022.