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Jennifer Lawrence is set to star in Don’t Look Up, a comedy that Adam McKay, the filmmaker behind the Oscar-nominated movies Vice and The Big Short, wrote and will direct.
Netflix on Monday finalized the deal for the project after it was shopped around over the weekend. The package has a budget in the $75 million range, according to sources who were involved in the bidding. A project insider, however, said the budget wasn’t that high.
The story centers on two scientists who, upon discovering that a meteor will strike the Earth in six months, go on a media tour to try to warn the world but find an unreceptive and unbelieving populace.
McKay will also produce via his label, Hyperobject, along with partner Kevin Messick. The project was first announced when McKay signed a first-look deal with Paramount; the studio was the first stop for Don’t Look Up, but the package’s cost was a stumbling block.
In a statement Wednesday, McKay said he was “thrilled” to be working with Lawrence: “She’s what folks in the 17th century used to call ‘a dynamite talent.’ 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.”
Added Netflix’s head of film Scott Stuber: “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.”
Principal photography is set to begin in April with a tight turnaround in mind, as Netflix hopes to release Don’t Look Up later this year.
McKay’s Hyperobject is currently working on several limited series, a 1980s-era Los Angeles Lakers drama and a serialized version of Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, among them.
Oscar winner Lawrence recently wrapped production on theater director Lila Neugebauer’s untitled drama for A24, in which she stars and produced with partner Justine Polsky via their production banner, Excellent Cadaver, along with Scott Rudin Productions. The actress is set to follow Don’t Look Up with Mob Girl, to be directed by Paolo Sorrentino for Universal.
McKay is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham. Lawrence is repped by LBI and Hansen Jacobson.
Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney said “I do” at the Belcourt of Newport mansion in Rhode Island
Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney are officially married!
The 29-year-old Oscar-winning actress and the art dealer, 34, have tied the knot, PEOPLE confirms.
A source tells PEOPLE the bride wore a Dior dress for her happy day.
Lawrence and Maroney held a wedding reception for their 150 guests, including Adele, Amy Schumer and Kris Jenner, at the luxurious Belcourt of Newport, a mansion in Newport, Rhode Island that was designed in 1894 by renowned American architect Richard Morris Hunt.
Emma Stone and Ashley Olsen were also in attendance.
The estate was inspired by Louis XIII’s hunting lodge at Versailles. It is currently the home to Carolyn Rafaelian, CEO of Alex and Ani.
Nicole Richie, Joel Madden, Cameron Diaz, Sienna Miller and more were spotted attending the rehearsal dinner, during which the couple hosted a clambake under a white tent on Rose Island.
In September, the pair were photographed outside of the Manhattan Marriage Bureau, where Lawrence smiled as she stepped outside with Maroney.
The two, who have been linked since June 2018, were also joined by two security guards, a photographer and a friend, according to Page Six.
A rep for the actress confirmed to PEOPLE she and Maroney were engaged in February. At the time, Lawrence was seen wearing a “massive ring” during dinner with Maroney at Raoul’s, an upscale French restaurant in New York City.
‘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.
Jennifer Lawrence is opening up about why she fell for her fiancé Cooke Maroney.
During this week’s episode of former E! News reporter Catt Sadler‘s podcast Naked with Catt Sadler, the Oscar winner shared new details about her ultra-private relationship with Maroney and her wedding planning process.
“He’s the greatest human being I’ve ever met,” the 28-year-old actress said on the podcast. “He really is, and he gets better.”
When asked how she chose to marry him, Jennifer said, “I don’t know, I started with the basics. ‘How do I feel? Is he nice? Is he kind?’ It’s just — this is the one, I know that sounds really stupid but he’s just, he’s — you know. He’s the greatest person I’ve ever met, so I feel very honored to become a Maroney.”
“I definitely wasn’t at a place where I was like, ‘I’m ready to get married,’” she added. “I just met Cooke and I wanted to marry him. We wanted to marry each other, we wanted to commit fully.”
“He’s my best friend. I want to legally bind him to me forever,” Jennifer continued. “And fortunately the paperwork exists for such a thing. You find your favorite person on the planet and you’re like, ‘You can’t leave!’”
“I’ve been in a good place,” she added. “I haven’t been neurotic about [wedding planning]. I’m like too lazy to be neurotic. I saw a dress I liked and I was like, ‘That’s the dress.’ I saw a venue and I was like, ‘Cool, we got the venue.’”
She did panic when planning her bachelorette party, however!
“I thought I didn’t want to have bachelorette party, and then last minute I decided I did,” Jennifer said. “Then nobody was available because it was last minute. And then I started crying. I was like, ‘I don’t even know why I’m crying. I didn’t know that I wanted a bachelorette party. I guess I just feel pathetic.’ [Cooke] was like, ‘Oh my god, you don’t need to feel pathetic.’”