In early 2020, Adam McKay set out to make a comedy. It was called Don’t Look Up, and it was meant to make fun of, and point to, the forces stopping us from saving ourselves from climate change.
2020, of course, had other plans.
This is what happened when a cast and crew came together to make a disaster comedy, while living through a series of very uncomedic disasters. Featuring: Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Tyler Perry, Ariana Grande, Timothee Chalamet, Rob Morgan, Himesh Patel, and many, many more.
1. The Titanic Band
A question is rolling inside Adam McKay’s brain: If danger comes, will people respond? He writes a comet disaster comedy, and sets off to make it. Then, a pandemic hits. A new question haunts McKay: Am I out of my mind?
2. Mission Hopefully Possible
How do you plan for the unknown? You surround yourself with people you trust. McKay assembles his A-Team, and they create a COVID-safe bubble in Boston. Filming begins, and 603 cast and crew tell a story about one crisis while living through another.
3. Postcards From The End Of The World
Meryl Streep joins the bubble, and improv takes over the Oval Office. Boston winter freezes lips. Later, a car dealership becomes a soundstage, where Tyler Perry and Cate Blanchett play vapid for daytime television.
4. A Song is Born
Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi join forces with lyricist Taura Stinson and composer Nicholas Britell to create the ultimate pop anthem for Don’t Look Up. Outside the film’s bubble, news from the U.S. Capitol forces difficult questions about life imitating art.
5. The Day After the Earth Caught Fire
In the immediate aftermath of the Insurrection, Don’t Look Up’s cast and crew must rally… to shoot a riot scene of their own. When the dust settles, our team faces the biggest technical challenge of production: it’s time to film the Riley Bina concert, and Ariana Grande (and her Valentino dress) must fly.
6. Apocalypse Vow
Jennifer Lawrence and Timothée Chalamet kiss; the film’s intimacy coordinator imparts some wisdom. Leonardo DiCaprio helps choose the soundtrack to the end of the world. Adam McKay discusses last suppers and last-chance questions. And Don’t Look Up finds more than one natural end.
So fun to listen to
Love, love, loved it! So fun to be behind the scenes!
Adam McKay, national treasure!
This is a fascinating look into the making of an incredible movie. It’s a podcast about filmmaking, politics, the environment, comedy, tragedy, fear, triumphs… the human experience.
Knocked it out of the park