Sony Pictures is reportedly closing a deal for No Hard Feelings, a comedy vehicle for Jennifer Lawrence that will be directed by Gene Stupnitsky (Bad Teacher, Good Boys).
The studio won the deal in a very competitive bidding war for a sizeable sum, over practically every streamer, thanks to its zeal to provide a theatrical release for the comedy, according to Deadline.
Stupnitsky has written the script alongside John Phillips, and the film is being described as a raucous R-rated comedy in the vein of his previous work and There’s Something About Mary.
Fans have been clamouring for Lawrence to star in a comedy for years, so this is exciting. Her bubbly personality would seem to be a natural fit for a film like this, but she’s mostly stuck to serious films and Hollywood blockbusters during her career.
There’s little known about the film right now, but it will be interesting to see where it fits into Lawrence’s schedule. She’s currently working on Paolo Sorrentino‘s Apple film about Hollywood super agent Sue Mengers, and the Adam McKay-directed Bad Blood about disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.
In addition to those she also has Lila Neugebauer‘s drama Red, White And Water in post-production, while she’s one of the many stars in Netflix’s climate change drama Don’t Look Up, which arrives on Christmas Eve.
Lawrence hasn’t appeared in a film since 2019’s Dark Phoenix, so it seems she’s making up for lost time by selecting a host of interesting projects.
Hopefully we’ll hear more about No Hard Feelings soon. The star-driven comedy film used to be a multiplex staple, but has almost entirely disappeared from the big screen in the last decade, and now the genre almost exclusively resides on streamers. So Sony winning this package represents hope for the comedy genre on the big screen. Fingers crossed that it can deliver.