Drew Barrymore To Direct Humanistic Apocalypse Film The End
While Drew Barrymore earned a surprising amount of acclaim for her directorial debut, the roller derby dramedy Whip It, since its release she has largely stayed away from the director's chair. While she did direct a short film with Chloe Moretz, Shailene Woodley, Alia Shawkat, Miranda Cosgrove and Donald Glover in 2011 called Our Deal, she hasn't worked on helming a feature since 2009. In that time, she only starred in two movies as well, the romantic comedy Going The Distance and the whale-saving drama Big Miracle, but now she's finally ready to get behind the camera again.
The actress-cum-director has been hired to helm the apocalyptic drama The End, according to THR. The trade says that the movie won't be your typical end-of-the-world story, in that it will be "humanistic rather than a downer, a meditation not on death but on life." The script, which was written by Aron Eli Coleite (Heroes, The River), focuses on a number of people and tells their story as they go through the end of times. Some of the stories include "a 60-something 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."
In June of last year there was also a report that Barrymore would be directing an adaptation of Ally Carter's teen mystery novel Heist Society, and she has also been linked to the omnibus comedy How To Be Single, though the trade doesn't say how her schedule will shake out or which project she will be tackling first.
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