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‘The Big Short’ Oscar winner Adam McKay developing COVID-19 vaccine drama for HBO

iStock/JONGHO SHIN(LOS ANGELES) — Adam McKay, who won an Oscar for his financial meltdown drama The Big Short, and who executive produces the HBO drama Succession, is looking to the COVID-19 pandemic for his next project. 

Deadline reports McKay is backing The First Shot, a non-fiction book by The Atlantic and New York Times writer Brendan Borrell, about the frantic, worldwide race to develop a vaccine for the disease. 

The trade reports HBO’s temporarily titled Untitled Vaccine Project will look into the science and the scientists behind the battle to bring the pandemic to heel.

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