Sony Pictures has acquired “No Hard Feelings,” an R-rated comedy package with Jennifer Lawrence attached to the star.
Starring Lawrence, the film will be directed by Gene Stupnitsky, screenwriter and co-executive producer of “The Office” on NBC. “No Hard Feelings” will be Stupnitsky’s sequel to the coming-of-age ensemble comedy of 2019 “Good Boys,” his directorial debut feature. Stupnitsky is also co-author of “No Hard Feelings”, alongside John Phillips.
“No Hard Feelings” takes place in Montauk, NY, a hamlet on the eastern end of Long Island. The package is billed as an R-rated comedy in the vein of Tom Cruise’s 1983 film “Risky Business” and the 2011 Cameron Diaz vehicle “Bad Teacher,” on which Stupnitsky served as an executive producer and screenwriter.
Sony Pictures is said to have fought off competition from other streamers and major studios in its pursuit of the project, including interest from Stupnitsky’s “Good Boys” distributor, Universal Pictures. The studio secured “No Hard Feelings” with the intention of giving the completed film an exclusive theatrical release. It is not known what the official price of the project was.
The producers of “No Hard Feelings” include Alex Saks, Marc Provissiero, Naomi Odenkirk, Justine Polsky and Lawrence. Phillips is an executive producer.
Comedy is just the latest addition to Lawrence’s list of upcoming projects. After a movie hiatus following the release of “Dark Phoenix” in 2019, Lawrence returns this year with the Netflix vacation release “Don’t Look Up,” an ensemble comedy from “The Big Short” director Adam McKay . Lawrence stars alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and many more. On the horizon, Lawrence is expected to star in “Mob Girl” directed by Paolo Sorrentino and play Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in “Bad Blood”, which will reunite the actress with director McKay.
Lawrence is represented by LBI Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson. Stupnitsky is represented by WME and Mosaic. Phillips is represented by UTA, Underground and Schreck Rose.
Deadline first reported the acquisition.
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