End of times movies are all the rage these days. There was Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Seth Rogan and Evan Golberg’s upcoming The End of the World, and let us not forget about the glut of post-apocalyptic films like The Day, Hell, and Mad Max: Fury Road. It seems like people want to watch the world burn, though the trend could do with some more originality in the naming department.
Not to be left out, Drew Barrymore has finalized a deal to direct a movie called The End for Warner Bros. (See what I mean about the titles?) Despite being about the last day on Earth, the so-called “apocalyptic drama” aims to be upbeat rather than a bummer. The End “is meant to be uplifting and humanistic rather than a downer, a meditation not on death but on life.”
The script by Aron Eli Coliete (Heroes) includes multiple storylines, following a variety of people as they come to terms with the end and cope with their emotions. Among these narratives will be teenage couple in the American Midwest, an older London radio personality, and a Tokyo father struggling to get back to his family.
Barrymore, who made her directorial debut with Whip It in 2009, has a lot in front of her right now. In addition to The End, which she will not act in, she is attached to direct two other films—Heist Society, a young-adult thriller, and How to be Single, based on the novel of the same name.
There’s no word on why exactly the world will end in this story, but it will be curious to see how such a bleak situation gets spun as “uplifting.”