Hollywood couldn’t even wait until we got through the COVID pandemic to start making movies set within the pandemic, as we’ve seen in films like Songbird and Locked Down, so it’s no surprise that another is on the way. This one has a pretty high pedigree, however, as Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are set to direct and produce an adaptation of The Premonition: A Pandemic Story, the new novel by Michael Lewis.
Lewis has a sterling film pedigree of his own, with adaptations of his novels Moneyball and The Big Short both going on to be major Oscar nominees, both nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, with The Big Short winning in that latter category. He also wrote the source material for the Best Picture-nominated The Blind Side.
According to Deadline, The Premonition tells the story of “several U.S. heroes who, in the early days of COVID-19, tried to sound the alarm about the dangers of underestimating the deadly seriousness of the killer virus”. Sounds a lot like The Big Short then, no?
Amy Pascal is also on board to produce, with the film currently searching for a screenwriter to adapt Lewis’ book, and the hope that it will be Lord and Miller’s next project after their Ryan Gosling-starring Project Hail Mary.