The new movie Marry Me was released in theaters and for streaming on Peacock Premium this past Friday, February 11th, 2022. Directed by Kat Coiro and starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Lopez, the romantic comedy is a perfect Valentine’s Day movie. But did you realize that the film was based on a webcomic that was created and written by Bobby Crosby and illustrated by Remy “Eisu” Mokhtar?
Marry Me is the story of Kat Valdez, a big-time worldwide pop star who, in the wake of being cheated on by her fiancé, makes the impulsive decision to marry a random stranger holding a “Marry Me” sign at one of her concerts. Charlie, the stranger in question, subsequently marries her on stage! The couple agrees to stay married in order to deflect negative press but soon find themselves developing feelings for one another in spite of the unconventional manner in which they made one another’s acquaintance.
However, when the song that Kat recorded with her ex, Bastian, is nominated for a Grammy, the one-time couple will have to reunite on stage in order to perform… causing friction between Kat and Charlie. Can the pair work out their differences, or was the once-in-a-lifetime marriage nothing but a fluke?
The Movie Adaptation of Marry Me
The movie adaptation of Marry Me was written by John Rogers, Tami Sagher, and Harper Dill, and was distributed by Universal Pictures. In addition to Wilson and Lopez, the movie also features performances by John Bradley, Sarah Silverman, and Jimmy Fallon, who appears as himself.
The movie features new music from Lopez and co-star Maluma, whose single for the movie, “Pa’ Ti,” was released in September 2020 and debuted at number nine on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs. The full Marry Me soundtrack was released earlier this month, and features Lopez on multiple other songs. However, she emphaisized that this wasn’t a “J. Lopez album,” but rather, she was “writing songs for the story” of Marry Me.
Principal photography for Marry Me was completed in Manhattan in autumn 2019, and it was originally scheduled for release in February 2021. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it was subsequently delayed until May 2021, and then further delayed until last week.
More Comic Connections From Marry Me
The source material isn’t the only connection the movie adaptation of Marry Me has to the world of comics: there’s also the fact that multiple members of the creative team behind the film are also working on other comic-inspired projects.
For one thing, Coiro, the movie’s director, went on to work on She-Hulk, the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe series which will be released for streaming later this year on Disney+. This isn’t the only connection to the She-Hulk series, either, as actor Jameela Jamil appears in both projects. And in addition, one of the movie’s lead actors, Wilson, went on to play the role of Mobius M. Mobius in Loki, another MCU streaming series on Disney+.
Nevertheless, Marry Me demonstrates that the comic book source material doesn’t need to feature superheroes in order to be adapted to the big screen.
When the whole world is watching, what do you do when J Lo proposes marriage at first sight? Owen WIlson might surprise you in Marry Me.
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