Sue Mengers Biopic: Bidding War Over Sorrentino’s Film

Netflix, Apple Circling Jennifer Lawrence, Paolo Sorrentino Film About Sue Mengers

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Apple and Netflix are among the deep-pocketed steaming services willing to shell out big money to land the buzzy film.

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence plays Sue Mengers, the legendary super agent who donned a caftan-like a suit of armor and wielded a joint like a mace while trying to get the best deal possible for her A-list clients.

Paolo Sorrentino, an Oscar winner for the 2013 The Great Beauty, is attached to direct from a script by Lauren Schuker Blum, Rebecca Angelo and John Logan.

The film will be produced by Excellent Cadaver, Lawrence’s production company, as well as by her producing partner Justine Polsky.

Bidding has reportedly eclipsed $80 million, perhaps even reaching $95 million, which means a big payday for Lawrence, Sorrentino and company, which they likely would not receive from studios.

But Netflix and Apple are concerned with subscriptions and nothing supercharges those like buzz. Mengers is a juicy role for Lawrence, who will next be seen in Netflix’s Don’t Look Up, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.

Sorrentino’s next project, coming-of-age drama “The Hand of God,” is also set up at the streamer and will be getting an awards season push.

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

Dyan Cannon also played a role of a barrier-breaking agent that was heavily inspired by Mengers in the 1973 mystery “The Last of Sheila.”

In her heyday, Mengers represented Candice Bergen, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Ali MacGraw, Steve McQueen, Ryan O’Neal.

She and Barbra Streisand split over Streisand’s insistence on making Yentl and Menger’s dubious decision to push Streisand to star in “All Night Long,” a dud that was directed by the agent’s husband, Jean-Claude Tramont.