Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling Temporarily Halts Production
According to Deadline, New Line Cinema announced that filming on actress-director Olivia Wilde’s highly-anticipated thriller Don’t Worry Darling has been temporarily halted due to a crew member testing positive for COVID-19. The star-studded cast including singer-songwriter Harry Styles, Oscar nominee Florence Pugh, and Chris Pine have immediately gone into quarantine which will last for 14 days.
Originally written by Carey and Shane Van Dyke, Don’t Worry Darling is a psychological thriller about a 1950’s housewife who uncovers a disturbing truth to her perfect life. It’s also described as a pertinent story for the Time’s Up era and Wilde’s producing and writing collaborator Katie Silberman will rewrite the script and produce the film alongside Wilde and Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee.
The film will also star Oscar nominee Florence Pugh (Midsommar), Harry Styles (Dunkirk), Chris Pine (Star Trek, Wonder Woman), and Wilde in a key supporting role. It will also feature Kiki Layne (The Old Guard), Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians, Eternals), Nick Kroll, Douglas Smith, Kate Berlant, Sydney Chandler, Asif Ali, Timothy Simons, and Ari’el Stachel.
New Line Cinema was eager to work with Wilde following her directorial debut Booksmart. Wilde will also star in and produce the film, alongside Silbermann and Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment. The film will also be executive produced by Catherine Hardwicke, Shane Van Dyke and Carey Van Dyke with Daria Cercek and Celia Khong set to oversee the project on behalf of New Line.
Part of the deal includes an asking budget around $20 million, fees for acting, directing, for Silberman’s rewrite, and the “rare” backend. The outlet reports that the filmmakers and producers of Don’t Worry Darling stand to receive 50 percent in profit participation once the movie breaks even. The last time a deal was made like this was between Warner Bros. and Todd Phillips’ The Hangover.
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