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Netflix has greenlit a huge budget in the $130 million range for the veteran writer-director’s next movie, an untitled semi-autobiographical rom-com expected to star Scarlett Johansson, about Hollywood exes who end up working together.

But I’m told Meyers’ CAA team recently went back to Netflix and claimed it would be hard to make the movie for less than $150 million. Netflix film chief Scott Stuber politely disagreed, and the budget is staying around $130 million. (A source close to Meyers counters that those numbers are high.)

Even with talent buyouts for ScarJo and expected co-stars Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, and Michael Fassbender, $130 million still seems like a lot for a rom-com! The current Netflix hit Your Place or Mine cost about half that, per sources, even with big payouts to Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher, though I remember back in 2010 when James L. Brooks’ ensemble rom-com How Do You Know, with Reese and Jack Nicholson, pushed past a $100 million budget. Maybe the Meyers film will feature the world’s most expensive kitchen.


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