Don’t Look Up: Netflix nabs Jennifer Lawrence comedy by Adam McKay
Staff Reporter | On 20, Feb 2020Reading time: 1 mins
Netflix has acquired Adam McKay’s new comedy Don’t Look Up, with Jennifer Lawrence set to star.
The film 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 planet earth.
McKay, who has written the script, will direct and produce under his Hyperobject Industries banner with Kevin Messick. McKay’s most recent feature, Vice, received eight Academy Award nominations. In 2016, McKay won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay with co-writer Charles Randolph for The Big Short.
Lawrence won the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. She has been nominated for three additional Oscars for Joy, American Hustle and Winter’s Bone.
McKay says: “I’m so thrilled to make this movie with Jen Lawrence. She’s what folks in the 17th century used to call ‘a dynamite act’. 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 says: “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 will commence in April. Netflix will release the film later this year.