Filmmakers Phil Lord & Chris Miller have been set to direct an adaptation of Michael Lewis’ new book ‘The Premonition: A Pandemic Story’ for Universal Pictures.
Said to be tonally similar to ‘All the President’s Men’ focusing on the book’s distinct characters who risked everything in the hope of saving lives. The story follows 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. The focus is on three main characters who work in the White House: a biochemist, a public health worker and a federal government employee. In their own way, they tried to sound the alarm and work around bureaucracies like the CDC.
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The hunt for a screenwriter is underway. Lord and Miller will also produce alongside Aditya Sood through their Lord Miller banner and Amy Pascal, through her Pascal Pictures banner, along with Rachel O’Connor.
The new project marks a reunion for Pascal, Lord, Miller & Sood after producing the Oscar-winning film ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.’
Lewis’ previously feature film adaptations include ‘The Big Short’, ‘The Blindside’ and ‘Moneyball’, all three of which earned the best picture Oscar nods.