Penélope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson’s romantic comedy for Netflix canceled due to budget problems
Nancy Meyers She is known for being a director of films such as The Intern (starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway), It’s Complicated (where Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin played an ex-couple), Something’s Gotta Give (with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson) or The Holiday (starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet).
The director was preparing a film for Netflix starring Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johanssona film that has finally been canceled due to budget problems.
According to sources cited by The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix and Meyers could not reach an agreement on the budget. Meyers is said to have asked for a budget of at least $150 million, but the studio wanted no more than $130 million. Apparently, it was too high a cost for a genre that tends to move on much more modest budgets. And it is that, with the figure requested by Meyers, it could have been most expensive romantic comedy of all times.
The cast was to include Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz, michael fassbender and Owen Wilson.
In addition to directing, Meyers was to serve as a screenwriter and producer. The plot revolved around a young writer-director, played by Johansson, who falls in love with a producer. After shooting several hit movies together before breaking up, the leads are forced to work side by side again when a big new project comes along.
The story had some commonalities with Meyers’ life. The director and her fellow screenwriter and producer, Charles Shyer, were romantically and professionally coupled for years, working on films like Private Benjamin, Baby Boom, Twin Set either The father of the bride.
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