In auction frenzy, producer Legendary wins Lawrence’s ‘Bad Blood’ project with $3.5 million bid

Jennifer LawrenceBoulevard 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:

Four starsLegendary Pictures emerged victorious last night, landing the pitch package “Bad Blood,” with Lawrence starring as Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced founder of controversial Silicon Valley blood-test company Theranos, according to Deadline.

Legendary will pay around $3.5 million for the script to be written by director Adam McKay, who just shared a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for “The Big Short.” McKay will direct as well. Universal will distribute through its deal with Legendary, according to Deadline.

The trade site had reported earlier that the project featured all the requisites for the big packages studios are responding to right now, including a hot-button subject matter and Oscar winner Lawrence, 25, who’s found herself in the Academy Awards mix on prestige projects, most recently another film about an entrepreneur ‘Joy.’”

The mania around the latest movie cements Lawrence’s status as one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars — and highest paid, too: a reported $20 million per film.

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The last of the series.

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.”

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