Apocalypse Films Finally Get the ‘Valentine’s Day’ Treatment With Drew Barrymore-Directed ‘The End’

Consider it the the perfect genre storm of conventions – an end-of-the-world film that uses multiple storylines to unfurl its narrative. It’s Valentine’s Day meets Armageddon (or New Year’s Eve meets Deep Impact, if you’re nasty). THR reports (via ComingSoon) that Drew Barrymore has signed on to direct The End, a film that “follows multiple story lines as people reconcile their fate on their last day on Earth.”

Written by television writer and producer Aron Eli Coleite, the film will encompass a hearty number of characters, including “a sixtysomething radio personality in London intent on broadcasting until the end, a father trying to make it through the chaos in Tokyo to reach his wife and baby and a teenage couple in the American Midwest being pulled in different directions by their families.” The film is a drama, but is also described as “uplifting and humanistic,” with an intent to focus more on life versus death.

Barrymore is not expected to take a role in the film, unlike in her directorial debut, 2009’s Whip It. Despite not directing since then, Barrymore also has two other projects on deck for helming: Heist Society and How to Be Single.

As a director, Barrymore brought a nice freshness to Whip It, and her still-developing style and wit might just elevate The End above its seemingly very in-the-box logline.

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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