Another studio looking to take over Scarlett Johansson’s canceled, outrageously expensive Netflix film?
Love is in the air… again. Paris outstanding, feel-good filmmaker Nancy Meyers’ new rom-com has been canceled on Netflix, but Deadline says Warner Bros. Discovery is in talks to salvage it. The film was scrapped because of its steep $130 million asking price, most of which goes to the star-studded cast of Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz, Owen Wilson and Michael Fassbender.
News that Netflix had canceled Paris outstanding collapsed on Tuesday, and Meyers wasted no time shopping the project elsewhere. Warner Bros. Discovery was a direct lead in landing the film, and discussions are reportedly afoot about the future of the project. While the studio irons out the details, the film’s sizeable budget will certainly be a point of contention.
Warner Bros. Discovery may not follow Meyers’ $130 million plan, and the quickest way to cut costs would be to slash stars. Scarlett Johansson, Owen Wilson, and Michael Fassbender have all been Marvel stars at some point in their careers, and Penelope Cruz is a screen legend. Everyone deserves top billing, and time will tell whether or not they’ll stick around for Warner Bros. Discovery’s new price point.
Paris outstanding was announced almost a year ago. It follows a filmmaking couple who find themselves together for a project after a bitter breakup. Roles for Scarlett Johansson and her movie star cohorts have not been announced.
Nancy Meyers is best known for writing and directing warm-hearted classics such as The parent trap And The holidays. Meyers collaborated with Warner Bros. Discovery on her film in 2015 The internwith Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway. The intern was a big moneymaker for the studio – with a budget of $35 million. The filmmaker’s ties to the studio could strengthen her during negotiations as she clings to Scarlett Johansson and the rest of her dream cast, but $130 million would net Paris outstanding historically expensive for its genre.
Scarlett Johansson is busy. This summer she will be collaborating with director Wes Anderson asteroid city, another film packed with A-listers. She is also set for the sci-fi thriller bride and Apple TV’s space race drama Project Artemisdirected by successful DC producer Greg Berlanti.
Owen Wilson is set to hit the big screen this year with the Bob Ross-inspired film To paintagain with Disney’s haunted mansion, and with the second season of Marvel Loki. The power of the multiverse could unite Owen Wilson and Scarlett Johansson in Marvel action as the Black Widow actress is rumored to be returning to her role for multiple projects.
Michael Fassbender has retired since the 2019 X-Men flop Dark Phoenix but will come out strong in 2023. He will star in Taika Waititi’s next film, Next goal winsand David Finchers The killer before crowning the year with the over-the-top ’80s action extravaganza Kung Fury 2. Penelope Cruz will be collaborating with Adam Driver in this year’s biopic Ferrari.
Scarlett Johansson and the rest of the proposed cast of Paris outstanding are busy for a reason. The group of prolific and highly respected actors have earned their award and the right to opt out for projects they feel called to. Love is still in the air, and as Warner Bros. Discovery prepares new deals for the attached stars Paris outstandingNancy Meyers will try to land it in her favor.