Based on Hollywood’s continued obsession with vampires, the bloodsuckers will apparently never go out of fashion, and with so many different ways to approach the mythology, it appears that filmmakers won’t be running out of ideas any time soon, either. Although generally associated with the horror genre, vampires have also been used in everything from action movies and romance to sci-fi and comedy.
The standard tropes of vampirism can constantly be refreshed, reinvented and updated for modern audiences to offer fresh perspectives on such well-known archetypes, and seeing as the movie business isn’t shy on cannibalizing their own back catalogue to remake anything with even the slightest hint of name recognition, we’ve now heard that a new version of cult classic vampire flick The Hunger is reportedly in the early stages of development.
According to our sources – the same ones who told us National Treasure 3, Now You See Me 3and Scream 5 were in the works long before any of them were confirmed – Jennifer Lawrence is being eyed for one of the two female leads to play one third of the love triangle between an undead couple and a human scientist, with Moon and Warcraft’s Duncan Jones said to be on the shortlist to write and direct. Though at this point, it’s unclear if either has been approached.
Of course, Jones might not be too keen to sign on given that David Bowie took second billing in the 1983 original and the filmmaker has been keen to distance himself from his father’s legacy, while Lawrence seems to be a lot more picky about her projects these days now that her contractual obligations to the X-Men franchise have been fulfilled. But they’re definitely two names that the studio are interested in, as is Anya Taylor-Joy, we’re told.
Tony Scott’s movie was a critical and commercial disappointment when it was first released, but in the decades since, The Hunger has gone on to become a firm cult favorite, and given the level of talent that are being sought for the remake, it looks like the latest in the never-ending line of vampire movies is being viewed as a high-priority project.
Netflix has boarded Adam McKay’s new comedy feature Don’t Look Up, which Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence will star in. Deadline first broke the news about the project last Novemberwhen we announced the Oscar-winning Big Short filmmaker’s new first-look deal at Paramount under his label Hyberobject Industries.
Don’t Look Up tells the story of two low-level astronomers who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching asteroid that will destroy Earth. Production will begin in April for a release later this year.
McKay wrote the comedy and will produce under his Hyperobject Industries banner with Kevin Messick.
“I’m so thrilled to make this movie with Jen Lawrence. She’s what folks in the 17th century used to call ‘a dynamite talent’,” McKay said. “And the fact that Netflix sees this movie as a worldwide comedy sets the bar high for me and my team in an exciting and motivating way.”
Scott Stuber, head of Netflix films, added: “Adam has always had great timing when it comes to making smart, relevant and irreverent films that depict our culture. Even if he somehow ends up predicting planet Earth’s imminent demise, we’re excited to add this to our slate before it all comes to an end.”
McKay’s most recent feature Vice, about former Vice President Dick Cheney, went on to receive eight Oscar nominations, winning for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. In 2016, McKay won the Oscar, BAFTA and WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay with his co-writer Charles Randolph for The Big Short.
Lawrence won the Oscar for Best Actress for her turn in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook. She has been nominated for three additional Oscars, for Joy, American Hustle and Winter’s Bone. She recently wrapped production on theater director Lila Neugebauer’s untitled film for A24 and Scott Rudin Productions in which she stars and produced alongside Justine Polsky under their production banner Excellent Cadaver.
Following Don’t Look Up, Lawrence will star in and produce Mob Girl, to be directed by Paolo Sorrentino for Universal through Excellent Cadaver’s first-look film deal and partnership with Makeready.
McKay and Lawrence separately have another project in development: Legendary Entertainment’s Bad Blood which he plans to direct, and she to star, with Vanessa Taylor writing. The Silicon Valley scandal project stars Lawrence as Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the controversial blood testing company Theranos.
Lawrence is repped by LBI and Hansen Jacobson Teller. McKay is repped by WME (as a director and producer) and Ziffren Brittenham LLP.
Also a big thank you to Mi for getting us caught up with all the public appearances that Jennifer has attended.
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Jennifer Lawrence is about to walk down the aisle this weekend — but the big scoop here is what she and her guests will feast on … a smorgasbord of fancy eats and drinks.
We got some deets on JLaw’s wedding — which is going down Saturday at a swanky venue in Rhode Island, 8 months after she got engaged. We gotta say, for a relatively short engagement … they’ve put together a pretty elaborate affair.
Clearly, Jen and hubby-to-be Cooke Maroney pulled out all the stops … hiring celeb wedding planner Mark Seed to do the party for about 150 people.
Let’s start with the grub, shall we? According to the menu, folks are gonna have their pick from a variety of hors d’oeuvres …
— sweet potato flat cakes
— brussels sprouts with cured egg yolk
— smoked pork belly with pickled apple
— salt cod beignet
Moving on to the main course options — here’s what Jen and Cooke, or their hired help, will be serving up …
— either wood-roasted fish with herbs and lemon-infused butter OR …
— 5-week-aged leg of beef with forager’s sauce.
There are veggies too — heirloom roasted carrots, smoked new potatoes, whey braised cabbage … blah, blah, blah. Let’s get to the good good.
Dessert’s coming in hot!
— fire-baked sourdough bread pudding with chocolate
— salted caramel and fresh apple
— cauldron fritters with bourbon cream and cinnamon sugar
— house-made marshmallow s’mores.
They have S’MORES, y’all.
As for drinks, specialty cocktails appear to boil down to either a bourbon old-fashioned or gin cucumber lavender champagnes … served at a cash bar. JK!!!
Like we said, it’s gonna be extravagant. Dare we say … decadent???
Happy 29th Birthday J-Law!