Video interview with writer-director Adam McKay of “Dont Look Up” – Contenders New York – Deadline

With his Netflix satire Do not seek, writer-director Adam McKay sought to address “the greatest problem in human history” – namely the climate crisis and the way people tend to deny that it is happening or refuse to recognize its “urgent and terrifying” weight.

While the subject at the heart of the film was incredibly serious, he said he wanted it to juxtapose the “terror of reality” with the “absurd comedy” of disinformation.

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“It’s almost like an old Marx Brothers or Three Stooges movie, where it’s clear there are cowardly mice at the opera premiere, but they have to cover

DiCaprio and Lawrence in “Don’t Look Up”

It’s going up, ”McKay said at the Deadline’s Contenders Film: New York awards season event on Saturday. “And mice are swarming everywhere.”

Do not seek follows two low-level astronomers (Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence) who embark on a media tour to warn humanity of an approaching asteroid that will destroy Earth. The contradiction within humanity that he examines, McKay said, is the fact that as we watch “this total collapse of life on Earth” we tend to focus not on that, but on issues. topics such as “what will be the next step in Taco Bell creating food is going to be.”

McKay isn’t overly optimistic that he’ll win over science deniers with this film. Instead, he set his sights on people “who know about climate change and think it’s just one problem among many, it isn’t.”

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He was joined for today’s panel by two of his longtime collaborators: composer Nicholas Britell and publisher Hank Corwin.

Britell spoke of the challenge of creating the original song for the movie “Just Look Up”, which was to be “totally a love song” between Ariana Grande’s Riley Bina and Kid Cud’s DJ Chello, but “also becomes a song on , we’re all gonna die. “

Corwin said the film’s cutting process had almost become a “collage,” discussing the challenge of making a movie shot entirely in Boston “look global” and his struggle to fight against its tone. “It was almost opera. Adam told me it was a comedy, I didn’t believe it and I struggled mightily, ”said the editor,“ and I honestly found the real truth of the movie. [was that it was] a comedy until it doesn’t.

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McKay’s latest star-studded feature set also includes Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Rob Morgan, Cate Blanchett, Timothée Chalamet, Chris Evans, Tyler Perry, Mark Rylance, Michael Chiklis, Himesh Patel and Tomer Sisley. McKay and Kevin Messick produced under their Hyperobject Industries banner, with Jeff G. Waxman in production.

After a number of Covid-related delays – as well as an injury on Lawrence’s set – the photo is slated for a limited theatrical release on December 10 and will air on Netflix from Christmas Eve.

Check back Monday for the panel video.

The sponsors of the film Contenders: New York are Michter’s Distillery, Los Siete Misterios Mezcal, Eyepetizer and modMD.

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