Adam McKay and Jennifer Lawrence recently worked together on the Netflix comedy Don’t Look Up, and they have even more projects planned for the future. While on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, McKay confirmed that the Bad Blood film based upon faux-entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of Theranos, is still in development and will star Lawrence.
“In the case of Jen Lawrence, I’ve known Jen for a while,” said McKay of working with the star. “One of the first meetings she ever did in Los Angeles was after her first movie was with me, and … I think she was 17, she might’ve been 18. She worshipped Step Brothers, so when her agent said, ‘Who do you want to meet with?’ I’m sure they weren’t so happy to hear her answer: ‘The guy who did Step Brothers.’ So I’ve known Jen for a long time and have always been dying to work with her.
“We have been developing the Bad Blood [film]… That is still in development, and so that was the first person in. I wrote the character of Kate Dibiasky, the name of the character, for Jen, and she was the first read on the script and was like, I was in.”
Holmes is currently facing a dozen felony fraud charges. The Stanford dropout’s company was valued at $9 billion until an investigation proved its technology said to reinvent health care was unproven. The film will be based on John Carreyrou’s book on the situation called Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. The film version was written by Vanessa Taylor, and Legendary won the rights to the film in 2016. Producing the film is McKay, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick.