Netflix has acquired Adam McKay movie Don’t Look Up, with Jennifer Lawrence set to star. The comedy 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, director and writer of cult comedy classics including Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, as well as multi-award winning docu-dramas The Big Short and Vice, has written the script and will direct and produce under his Hyperobject Industries banner with Kevin Messick.
McKay commented: “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 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.”
Principal photography will commence on Don’t Look Up in April and Netflix will release the movie later this year.