Universal has tapped Phil Lord and Chris Miller to direct a film adaptation of the book The Premonition: A Pandemic Story, which was written by Michael Lewis, and follows the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The next few years there will be tons and tons of pandemic films. There are certain to be films like Tyger Tyger that simply were in production pre-pandemic, but there will also be films like Locked Down and The Bubble that simply look to capitalize on the largest historical event of the last century.
What will this be?
Well who knows, but Phil Lord and Chris Miller are the best at taking ideas that seem like a bad idea and creating something unique, fun, and, sometimes, profound. The directing duo have only directed seven projects, which includes a few episodes of TV in there too. The point being Lord and Miller are typically involved when they want to be.
The Jump Street and Lego Movie films have shown audiences to trust Lord and Miller, and while this Universal Pandemic film is more in the vein of a serious film like All The President’s Men, there is no reason to believe that the directors will not put in as much efforts as their other four features.
There has yet to be a scribe for the film, but the story will revolve around three people close to the White House at the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic. People that are trying to warn the public, but who’s warnings fell on deaf ears.
There is no set production date, but the film should be underway shortly.