Apple and Netflix, the two major streaming services are reportedly in a bidding war for the Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence’s new biopic about the legendary Hollywood talent agent ‘Sue Mengers’.
Sue Mengers was a talent agent for many filmmakers and actors of the New Hollywood generation of the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s, from managing stars which included Ali MacGraw, Gene Hackman, Peter Bogdanovich, Burt Reynolds to climbing to the top of the Hollywood power structure. She was considered nearly as famous as her clients.
The new biopic about ‘Sue Mengers’ is directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, with a script written by Lauren Schuker Blum, Rebecca Angelo, and John Logan.
Well for starters, John Logan was the scriptwriter for one-woman Broadway play I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, starring Bette Midler as the legendary agent.
As reported by Variety, Apple and Netflix have been circling Jennifer Lawrence and Paolo Sorrentino’s film about Sue Mengers, a legendary super-agent “who donned a caftan like a suit of armor and wielded a joint like a mace while trying to get the best deal possible for her A-list clients.”
Bidding has reportedly eclipsed $80 million and could climb higher, which means a big payday for Lawrence, Sorrentino and company, one that they likely would not receive from studios interested in pesky things like, say, ticket sales.
Matthew Belloni, former editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, confirmed the statement his “What I’m Hearing…” newsletter, which reads, “Apple bid is in the $80 million range, says one source, including the $20 million-plus fee for Lawrence to star and produce with partner Justine Polsky via their Excellent Cadaver shingle.”
Meanwhile, this could be great news for the “Hunger Games” star who hasn’t been cast for major films after her role as ‘Mystique’ in the X-Men film series.
Apple and Netflix are both pushing really hard to win the bid, could be in the run to receive another Oscar nominee.
The duo Sorrentino and Lawrence are no strangers, they have a Netflix original movie ‘Mob Girl’ which is set to debut later this year, is the film adaptation of Teresa Carpenter’s book Mob Girl.
While Jennifer is slated to appear alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Timothée Chalamet in Adam McKay’s comedy film Don’t Look Up for Netflix.