‘Bad Blood’: Adam McKay Says Elizabeth Holmes Film Starring Jennifer Lawrence Is Still Happening

Jennifer Lawrence and Adam McKay are currently working together on the upcoming comedy, Don’t Look Up, with star-studded cast in tow. But the two were supposed to teamup for something else first. A few years ago McKay was set to direct Lawrence in Bad Blood, a riches-to-rags film about corporate con artist Elizabeth Holmes. We’ve heard nothing about it since, but now McKay is offering a positive update.

Appearing on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, McKay says Bad Blood is still in the works with Lawrence on board to star…

“In the case of Jen Lawrence, I’ve known Jen for a while…One of the first meetings she ever did in Los Angeles was after her first movie was with me, and … I think she was 17, she might’ve been 18. She worshipped Step Brothers, so when her agent said, ‘Who do you want to meet with?’ I’m sure they weren’t so happy to hear her answer: ‘The guy who did Step Brothers.’ So I’ve known Jen for a long time and have always been dying to work with her…We have been developing the Bad Blood [film]… That is still in development.”

Elizabeth Holmes was a fast-rising star of the corporate world, having founded Theranos, a health tech company, at the age of 19. Years later, she became one of the richest women in the world when she developed a technology that would make blood testing much easier and faster. The company, and Holmes herself, were worth billions. The problem is it was all a fraud. The technology didn’t work. When that became public knowledge, Holmes lost everything.

Holmes’ story is really popular right now, as Hulu has their own project, The Dropout, on the way led by Amanda Seyfried.

As for when Bad Blood will get rolling, it’s hard to say. McKay has a lot on his plate, including a Parasite series for HBO.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.