‘Don’t Look Up’: Adam McKay reveals the inspiration behind Netflix sci-fi comedy

2021 is coming to an end and it’s fitting that we end the year with a movie that’s on everyone’s watchlist. Yes, we are talking about the hit Netflix movie “Don’t Look Up”. The film has created a buzz since its announcement. Jennifer Lawrence’s involvement made everyone happy and excited.

However, when the directors announced that stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill and Tyler Perry would also be making appearances in the film, the level of excitement skyrocketed. The film revolves around an astronomy professor, Dr. Randall Mindy (DiCaprio) and his student Kate Dibiasky (Lawrence) trying to tell the world about an amazing discovery they made. According to them, a large asteroid is about to strike the Earth. However, the problem is, nobody cares, including the president. The pair go through a lot of ups and downs to make everyone believe that the threat ahead is dangerous and that disaster awaits just around the corner. Can they get the whole world to look up?


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The premise of the movie is really interesting and kind of represents what’s going on in the world these days. So it wasn’t easy for filmmaker Adam McKay to come up with a story like this. ‘Don’t Look Up’ has the potential to be a gripping film on the one hand. On the other hand, the movie might sting some people due to the reality of the issue in the movie. Speaking about the film and what inspired him to make a film like this, Oscar-winning director Adam McKay said the first draft of the film was not “comedic” at all.

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“Surprisingly, the first drafts of ‘Don’t Look Up’ weren’t funny! I first played with the idea of ​​doing a simple drama or a little intimate character study, but at one point I knew I had to do a comedy because I felt like after those years ago, we really, really needed a laugh, “McKay told Netflix.

Meanwhile, speaking about the inspiration behind the film, the director of “The Big Short” revealed that a book he read in 2019 was the reason he decided to make the film. The book, “The Unthinkable Earth” by David Wallace-Wells, tells how global warming is more dangerous than any other threat and it will wreak havoc if immediate action is not taken.

“I read a book in 2019 called The Uninhabitable Earth that I couldn’t get out of my head. It portrays the ways in which global warming will wreak havoc on the planet if nothing is done to combat the climate crisis. And, it all came down to this idea that I just couldn’t shake: we all know how to react when there’s a killer with an ax, or when your house is on fire, but what about author David Wallace- Wells wrote was a million times worse. How do you make people understand that this is a clear and present danger? How close must that danger be for us to have the proper response? I felt like I needed to write this script, ”McKay said.

Netflix’s “Don’t Look Up” writer / director / producer Adam McKay attends Deadline’s The Contenders movie at DGA Theater Complex on November 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman / Getty Images for deadline)

The filmmaker also admitted that he loves to portray the “giant threats” humans face, but in a “fun way.” The next Netflix movie is finally with Funny Situations and how two people try to convince the world that the whole planet can be wiped out if the asteroid hits earth, but no one is taking them seriously. It also shows how politicians, journalists and others take these threats for granted and that something happens, only innocent people lose their lives.

“Don’t Look Up” will be available to stream on Netflix on Friday, December 24.

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