The Last Movie Ever Made: The Don't Look Up podcast
By Netflix, Hyperobject Industries, Pineapple Street Studios
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
It’s October 2020. A pandemic is raging. And 603 people enter a bubble in Boston. Their mission? Make a movie. Their world? Chaos. It feels like it might be... The Last Movie Ever Made. This is a podcast about what happened when the cast and crew of the movie Don’t Look Up created a story about one crisis – while living through another. Coming January 7, 2022.