Deadline is reporting that Netflix has nabbed the rights for the upcoming Adam McKay-penned Don’t Look Up, a comedy that is set to star Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role. News of the film has circulated since late last year, and it seems that Netflix is on board now to get this film made.
The film will tell the story of two astronomers who use a media tour to warn the Earth of an meteor set to destroy all life.
The movie is set to release later this year with McKay on board as producer. There is nothing in the report about McKay directing.
The idea seems intriguing, and the Netflix nab could work well for it. I’m just really curious about the tone of the film. Adam McKay’s writing lately has been truly satirical and less campy, but this film being pitched as a comedy also makes me wonder if it will be closer in tone to Anchorman or Talladega Nights. Now, of course, the big difference between Anchorman and The Big Short is the element of improvisation. Lawrence is not known for her improv, so I would assume the satirical quality of films like The Big Short and Vice will be what we’re going to see here.
So what do you think? Is Don’t Look Up the kind of movie you would watch on Netflix or is this a hard pass? Let me know/Drop a comment below!
-Kyle A. Goethe