Writer-director Adam McKay has made his name on comedies like Anchorman and The Other Guys, but he’s recently been branching out into new genres. He’s been trying to adapt Garth Ennis’ comic book series The Boys into a Hard-R anti-superhero flick, and now he’s producing a documentary about the school dropout epidemic in the United States. Deadline reports that Jason Pollock’s feature documentary will be shot throughout the current school year and released in fall 2012. The dropout rate has climbed about 50% in major cities and McKay says he wants “to put the education system front and center in this upcoming presidential election.” Pollock is planning to organize a screening tour of colleges in the lead-up to Election Day, although I don’t understand why you would show a movie about the dangers of dropping out of school to people who didn’t drop out of school.
However, McKay hasn’t completely abandoned comedy. Filming just wrapped on the third (and possibly final) season of HBO’s Eastbound and Down, and he’s currently set to re-team with Will Ferrell for Swear to God and possibly Three Mississippi.