Scarlett Johansson’s Canceled Netflix Movie Saved By Major Movie Studio?

Warner Bros. is exploring options for taking over the previously canceled Netflix film and Scarlett Johansson-led romantic-comedy Paris Paramount.

By Jessica Scott | Updated

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It was recently reported that Paris Paramount, starring Scarlett Johansson, was leaving Netflix due to concerns over the movie’s large budget requirements. The Nancy Meyers film may have just found another home, however. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is considering acquiring the project, although “no deal is done” and “talks are exploratory” at the moment.

Aside from Scarlett Johansson, the film was also set to star Penelope Cruz, Michael Fassbender, and Owen Wilson, although it is unclear now whether they would all still remain attached to the movie. A move to another studio could mean a decrease in the budget, which could mean, in turn, that the project may not be able to afford all of these high-profile actors and actresses.

According to Deadline, the film’s budget was a whopping $130 million plus. More than 50 percent of that budget was set to go toward paying the actors and actresses in the film. If Warner Bros. does sign a deal with Nancy Meyers, the new budget will most likely be much smaller, which may then make it harder to keep stars like Scarlett Johansson attached.

The Scarlett Johansson-led film is reportedly about two filmmakers who are forced to reunite on a set after they previously fell in love – and out of love – with one another. The film would be a romantic comedy, much like Nancy Meyers’ other famous films like Something’s Gotta Give, The Parent Trap, It’s Complicated, and What Women Want

Nancy Meyers worked with Warner Bros. in the past on The Intern, starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro, which is a good sign that the studio could be a good fit for her new movie. 

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While Nancy Meyers and Warner Bros. attempt to reach an agreement on this film, Scarlett Johansson already has lots of other irons in the fire. According to IMDb, she is in the production stage for four other movies as well, including Asteroid City, a story about a Junior Stargazer convention that does not go as planned, Bride, a Frankenstein-esque drama about a woman created to be a perfect wife who is viewed as a monster when she does not want to fulfill that role, and My Mother’s Wedding, a story about three daughters who return home for the third wedding of their mother, whose previous two husbands passed away.

Scarlett Johansson’s recent films include 2021’s Sing 2, in which she provided the voice for Ash, and 2021’s Black Widow, in which she reprised her role as Natasha Romanoff, Marvel’s Black Widow, the role that she has received the most acclaim and attention for in the past few years.

2021 was a big year for Scarlett Johansson in terms of films, but it was also big for personal reasons: it was the year that she welcomed her first baby with her husband, Colin Jost, whom she married in 2020. The baby was a boy named Cosmo, who joined Rose, Johansson’s first child from her previous relationship with Romain Dauriac.

As for the future of Paris Paramount, things are still pretty up in the air right now. It is unlikely Warner Bros. (or any other studio) would attempt to meet such a high budget for a movie that doesn’t even have any special effects. But hey, if you want Scarlett Johansson-caliber quality, you’ve got to be willing to pay for it.