Bidding hits fever pitch for $20M Lawrence’s ‘Bad Blood’ biopic about disgraced startup techie Holmes

Boulevard reviews the latest media coverage of the Oscar-winning Louisville native in our exclusive Jennifer Lawrence Diary™. Today’s news, rated on a scale of 1-5 stars:

Five starsBidding on one of Lawrence’s newest projects — about disgraced Silicon Valley medical lab entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes — went nuts last night as nine companies offered $3 million to $4 million for director Adam McKay‘s screenplay, according to Deadline. The film, so far called “Bad Blood,” has a budget of $40 million to $50 million.

The trade site says the movie has “all the requisites for the big packages studios are responding to right now: hot-button subject matter, McKay coming off his Oscar for “Big Short” and Oscar winner Lawrence, 25, who usually finds herself in the Academy Awards mix on prestige projects, most recently ‘Joy.'”

Lawrence and Holmes
Lawrence (left) and Holmes.

Holmes, 32, launched Theranos in 2003, with claims it could test blood with only a pinprick vs. the traditional method of drawing blood by injection. That pumped up the company’s valuation to $9 billion as recently as two years ago, according to Deadline. The company has since come under investigation over claims of inaccurate testing. And Holmes’ own worth — at one point valued at $4.5 billion for her 50% stake — has fallen to a fraction of that.

Lawrence’s $52 million, and counting

She’s one of Hollywood’s box-office queens, and one of the few paid as much as $20 million per movie. The “Hunger Games” series star pulled in $52 million between June 2014 and June 2015 alone, ranking her No. 34 of 95 on Forbes’ magazine’s latest list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities. No. 1: professional boxer Floyd Mayweather, at $300 million.

“Bad Blood” is Lawrence’s fourth project in the works. She’s now filming an untitled Darren Aronofsky project; “Passengers” is in post-production with a Dec. 21 release date, and “It’s What I Do” is in pre-production. There’s also been speculation she might star opposite Sandra Bullock in an all-female reboot of “Ocean’s Eleven.”

Watch the trailer for Lawrence’s wonderful “Joy”; it also featured frequent co-star Bradley Cooper, No. 50 on Forbes’ list, with $41.5 million in earrings.

Related: The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation is a fund within the Community Foundation of Louisville.

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