Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film, written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, in her directorial debut. The film stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. The inspiration for the title was a line from Chris Cornell's song "Preaching the End of the World", from his 1999 debut solo album Euphoria Morning.Filming began May 2011, in Los Angeles, California. The film was theatrically released on June 22, 2012 in the United States by Focus Features. It received mixed reviews from critics and was a box-office bomb, earning $9.6 million on a $10 million budget. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc and made available for digital streaming in the United States on October 23, 2012.