Although 2012 is the year that the world comes to an end, studios are still planning for films to be released many years after. It’s always good to have a back-up plan, you know, just in case the apocalypse doesn’t happen. Joking aside, Warner Bros. would like to get into the world-ending business by giving Drew Barrymore the job of directing a film simply titled The End.
The Hollywood Reporter says the film will focus on how several people spend their last day on Earth. But rather than take a comedic approach like Seeking A Friend for the End of The World and Edgar Wright’s upcoming World’s End or an action approach like Roland Emmerich’s 2012, The End will be “uplifting and humanistic rather than a downer, a meditation not on death but on life.” Characters in the film will range from “a sixtysomething radio personality in London intent on broadcasting until the end, a father trying to make it through the chaos in Tokyo to reach his wife and baby and a teenage couple in the American Midwest being pulled in different directions by their families.”
Heroes and The River writer Aron Eli Coleite penned the script. The film’s tone suggests that we could be seeing something we wouldn’t normally see from Barrymore. But taking on something different like The End is a nice change of pace for the filmmaker. She will not have a starring role in the film.
Barrymore will also be directing the young adult thriller Heist Society and an adaptation of the romantic comedy novel How to Be Single. No word yet on when The End will be released.
What do you think of Barrymore taking on a film with such a dark subject?