Bad Blood, the in-development film about the Theranos scandal starring Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Adam McKay, has found a new home. Apple have acquired the movie, which was initially picked up by Legendary Pictures in 2016, who will now produce alongside Apple.
The film will be based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist John Carreyrou‘s book Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in Silicon Valley, telling the story of breakthrough Silicon Valley entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, who raised hundreds of millions to fund her biotech start-up, while hiding the fact that her supposedly game-changing blood-testing machine didn’t really work.
Holmes had become a media darling and had gotten Theranos to be worth almost $10 billion before the truth came out. She was ultimately charged with fraud in 2018 alongside the company’s former president, Ramesh ‘Sunny’ Balwani. Holmes’ story is still unfolding as she’s currently on trial.
While most people who haven’t been living under a rock are familiar with the Theranos story thanks to its extensive coverage via books, podcasts, documentaries and more, a narrative film version of the events with a big star is still going to interest people. Apple have probably got a surefire hit on their hands, because this story will never not be fascinating.
Lawrence and McKay have already teamed on Don’t Look Up, Netflix’s comedic environmentalist film which arrives later this month. The film also boasts a star-studded cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, and Cate Blanchett.
Lawrence has had a bit of a break from the big screen since her last starring role in 2018 with Red Sparrow, with only a supporting one in 2019’s Dark Phoenix since. But she’s set to return in a big way.
In addition to Bad Blood and Don’t Look Up, she also has comedy No Hard Feelings in the works, is working on Paolo Sorrentino‘s film about Hollywood super agent Sue Mengers (also at Apple), and will star in Lila Neugebauer‘s drama Red, White And Water, which is currently in post-production.
So there’s a good chance that Lawrence will be returning to her movie star throne pretty soon. Perhaps that begins with Don’t Look Up, which hits select cinemas Friday, December 10 before arriving on all Netflix platforms Thursday, December 23.