In November, it was revealed by TheHollywoodReporter that Oscar-winner Allison Janney would be taking the lead role in the next Bad Robot project titled Lou and would be helmed by Underworld: Blood Wars director Anna Foerster (Jessica Jones, Outlander).
The script, by Maggie Cohn with revision by Jack Stanley, follows a young woman and her landlord, Lou, who team up to track down the former’s child after the girl is kidnapped by the woman’s estranged husband. The story has been described as being a tonal mix of Thelma and Louis andTaken.
Janney will play the landlord, a hard-shelled and rule-breaking woman that has unexpectedly impressive tracking abilities, among other skill sets.
Lou was previously set up at Paramount but is now in turnaround, with Bad Robot raising financing to make the movie independently. A spring 2019 start is being eyed.
HN Entertainment has learned that filming on Lou is expected to begin on April 20th in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Also, while the Bad Robot project was originally at Paramount Pictures and has been in turnaround, we have learned the project has landed at Netflix. This could mean bigger things for their future relationship.
Netflix previously bought and released Bad Robot’s Cloverfield Paradox on their streaming service from Paramount Pictures. The streaming giant is reportedly in the mix along with others such as WB, Universal, and Disney to land an overall studio deal with J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot (via Deadline).
Bad Robot has acquired six new projects from a number of up and coming filmmakers. This comes amidst speculation over where JJ Abrams will set his company to a new overall deal when the pact with Paramount expires. He’s meeting all the majors, and while there’s talk of Warner Bros, Universal, Netflix, and others vying, many in town believe his landing place will be Disney, where Abrams has been working often, and where he is directing his second Star Wars film after relaunching the franchise there.
It’s possible that Lou being released on Netflix could be the first hint of a bigger deal to come.
SOURCE: HN ENTERTAINMENT