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!
‘The Young Pope’ filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino will direct the adaptation for Makeready.
Jennifer Lawrence and The Young Pope director Paolo Sorrentino are teaming on Mob Girl, a feature adaptation of a true-crime story for Makeready, the content studio founded by Brad Westson.
Lawrence will star in and also produce the adaptation of the book by Teresa Carpenter along with Justine Polsky via the duo’s banner, Excellent Cadaver, Makeready said Wednesday. Sorrentino and Lorenzo Mieli will also produce.
Angelina Burnett, a writer-producer who has worked on such shows as The Americans and Halt and Catch Fire, has been hired to pen the script.
Mob Girl centers on Arlyne Brickman, a woman who grew up among racketeers and mobsters on the Lower East Side of New York City. From dating the wise guys to then running errands for them, she became a “mob girlfriend” who then wanted a piece of the action herself. She eventually became a police informant and major witness in the government’s case against the Colombo crime family.
“Seeing this story from a woman’s point of view is a fresh and exciting approach to telling a classic mob story,” said Weston in a statement.
Makeready partner and head of film Pam Abdy and Natalie Williams will oversee for the studio.
Mob Girl marks the first project under the recently announced first-look film deal between Lawrence’s Excellent Cadaver and Makeready. Lawrence is currently shooting A24’s untitled soldier drama, which is being helmed by stage director turned first-time filmmaker Lila Neugebauer. Lawrence and Polsky are producing the feature along with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush.
Sorrentino and Miele produced The Young Pope, which starred Jude Law, for HBO. The duo are currently in production on the follow-up, The New Pope, with John Malkovich joining the Law-led cast. Both series were created and directed by Sorrentino.
Lawrence is repped by LBI Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson. Sorrentino is repped by UTA. Burnett is repped by Manage-ment and Gang Tyre. ICM Partners repped the author in the book deal.