Monday, April 12, 2021

Adam McKay talks "Don't Look Up"

There was brief article with director Adam McKay released today. In it, he discusses his upcoming film (which includes Meryl of course), Don't Look Up. What I found interesting was how the film was ostensibly going to be an allegory for climate change. But with the wild ride we've had this past year, it's taken on a new context: 

“That is kind of how it started. But then the pandemic hit. What that did was bring out what the movie is really about, which is how we communicate with each other. We can’t even talk to each other anymore. We can’t even agree. So it’s about climate change, but at its root it’s about what has the internet, what have cellphones, what has the modern world done to the way we communicate.”

As I've previously posted, I had the opportunity to read the script not too long ago, and this was totally how I experienced the characters' interactions, and how I felt most people on social media communicated over the past, very politically divisive, year. I enjoy when Meryl does movies with a political bent to them. And in this one she's kind of the villain! Watching her channel her own version of a conservative president is going to be incredibly entertaining. 

No word yet on when Netflix plans for a release, but fourth quarter of this year seems likely. 


  1. Very excited for this! Hope her role is substantial.

  2. If she's going to be a villain, I hope she will make everyone in the movie suffer.

  3. Do you think she might have a good chance at getting nominated for suporting actress at the oscars? Also how big is her role in the movie according to the script?

    1. I do think she has a chance at a nomination. I think it's really going to come down to how well the movie is received. If it's looked at as a wonderful allegory or satire of how Americans widely disregard or don't trust science, she's probably in. But there's a risk of it being a bit campy. I say that realizing that the last few years politically have been like a bad dream, but it's overall hard to say. It's definitely a character we haven't seen from Meryl before. It's a solid-sized supporting role.

    2. Interesting, thanks for sharing! Based on all we know, it might be a mix of The Big Short and Vice in terms of the tone of the film? Also the fact that Leo is doing this is very encouraging in and of itself since he's super selective about his projects. Hopefully we can get a trailer sometime soon!