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Jennifer Lawrence attached to movie about Hollywood agent Sue Mengers, bidding war hits $95million

She won an Academy Award for best lead actress for Silver Linings Playbook in 2013. 

And it looks like Jennifer Lawrence will once again vying for Oscar gold by helping tell the story of one of Hollywood’s biggest icons.

The 30-year-old actress is attached to star in a movie about Hollywood super agent Sue Mengers who was a talent agent for many filmmakers and actors of the New Hollywood generation from the 1960s to early 1980s.

Legend: Sue Mengers (seen in 1985) who was a talent agent for many filmmakers and actors of the New Hollywood generation from the 1960s to early 1980s

Going for The Oscar gold? Jennifer Lawrence is attached to star in a movie about Hollywood super agent Sue Mengers who was a talent agent for many filmmakers and actors of the New Hollywood generation from the 1960s to early 1980s

Lawrence will portray the American icon who was notorious for her tough approach to getting the best deal possible for A-list clients such as Faye Dunaway, Steve McQueen and Barbra Streisand.

Apple and Netflix are amongst the streamers involved in a bidding war for the new flick, which will be directed by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino.

According to Variety, bidding has reportedly eclipsed $80 million and some insiders suggest that it has reached $95 million.

Trailblazer: Lawrence will portray the American icon who was notorious for her tough approach to getting the best deal possible for A-list clients such as Faye Dunaway, Steve McQueen and Barbra Streisand, she is seen with Jack Nicholson in March 1977

Trailblazer: Lawrence will portray the American icon who was notorious for her tough approach to getting the best deal possible for A-list clients such as Faye Dunaway, Steve McQueen and Barbra Streisand, she is seen with Jack Nicholson in March 1977

Icon: At International Creative Management (ICM) Mengers represented a litany of A-listers including Dyan Cannon, Cher, Joan Collins, Candice Bergen, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Barbra Streisand, and Burt Reynolds

Icon: At International Creative Management (ICM) Mengers represented a litany of A-listers including Dyan Cannon, Cher, Joan Collins, Candice Bergen, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Barbra Streisand, and Burt Reynolds

Lauren Schuker Blum, Rebecca Angelo and John Logan are writing the script while the movie will be produced by Jennifer’s production company Excellent Cadaver as well as by her producing partner Justine Polsky.

The agent was previously played by Bette Midler on Broadway in the one-woman show I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, which was also penned by Logan.

Dyan Cannon also played a character inspired by the agent in the 1973 movie The Last of Sheila.

War: Apple and Netflix are amongst the streamers involved in a bidding war for the new flick

Wow: Bidding has reportedly eclipsed $80 million and some insiders suggest that it has reached $95 million according to Variety

War: Apple and Netflix are amongst the streamers involved in a bidding war for the new flick as bidding has reportedly eclipsed $80 million and some insiders suggest that it has reached $95 million according to Variety

Man with the plan: It will be directed by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, who is seen in Hollywood back in November 2019

Man with the plan: It will be directed by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, who is seen in Hollywood back in November 2019

Mengers had quite the life story as she was born to a Jewish family in Hamburg, Germany before they had to flee to New York aboard the ship S.S. Koenigstein to escape the Holocaust.

She later entered the talent agency business as a receptionist at MCA in 1955 and spent some time as secretary for freelance theatrical agency Baum & Newborn before being hired as a secretary at the powerhouse William Morris Agency until 1963.

Her former Baum & Newborn colleague, Tom Korman, then formed his own agency and hired her as a talent agent where her first client was stage actress Julie Harris whom she got to appear in an episode of Bonanza specially written for her.

In the late 1960s she was hired by boutique agency Creative Managements Associates (CMA) where her clients included legends like Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, and Robert Redford.

CMA was sold to International Famous Agency (IFA) as they formed International Creative Management (ICM) where she Mengers went on to represent a litany of A-listers including Dyan Cannon, Cher, Joan Collins, Candice Bergen, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Barbra Streisand, and Burt Reynolds.

She retired from ICM in 1986 before returning for a stint at William Morris Agency from 1988 to 1990. 

Fantastic four: Christopher Walken, Sue Mengers, Paul Newman and David Brown seen from left to right in October 1985

Fantastic four: Christopher Walken, Sue Mengers, Paul Newman and David Brown seen from left to right in October 1985

Sad: Mengers died on Saturday, October 15, 2011 from pneumonia at her home in Beverly Hills, California at age 79, as she is seen in September 1992

Sad: Mengers died on Saturday, October 15, 2011 from pneumonia at her home in Beverly Hills, California at age 79, as she is seen in September 1992

Mengers died on Saturday, October 15, 2011 from pneumonia at her home in Beverly Hills, California at age 79. 

Meanwhile, Jennifer and Paulo are also set to work together on Mob Girl, which is based on the real-life story of Arlyne Blackman, who married into the Mafia.

The project is based on the novel Mob Girl: A Woman’s Life In The Underworld by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author Teresa Carpenter.

Busy: Meanwhile, Jennifer (seen in June 2019) and Paulo are also set to work together on Mob Girl, which is based on the real-life story of Arlyne Blackman, who married into the Mafia

Busy: Meanwhile, Jennifer (seen in June 2019) and Paulo are also set to work together on Mob Girl, which is based on the real-life story of Arlyne Blackman, who married into the Mafia

Angelina Burnett is adapting Carpenter’s novel and both Sorrentino and the Hunger Games star will serve as producers on the project.

According to the book’s official synopsis, it follows Brickman ‘growing up among racketeers on the Lower East Side of New York City’ associating with mobsters.

It continues: ‘Drawn to the glamorous and flashy lifestyle, she was soon dating “wise guys” and running errands for them; but after years as a mob girlfriend, Arlyne began to get in on the action herself – eventually becoming a police informant and major witness in the government’s case against the Colombo crime family.’

Quite the tale: The project is based on the novel Mob Girl: A Woman's Life In The Underworld by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author Teresa Carpenter

Quite the tale: The project is based on the novel Mob Girl: A Woman’s Life In The Underworld by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author Teresa Carpenter


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