Meg Ryan is returning to the big screen, both behind and in front of the camera, with a romantic comedy titled What Happens Later. She will direct the pic and star opposite David Duchovny (The X-Files, Californication). Ryan has a long history with rom-coms, starring in classics like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail, so it’s fun to see her return to the genre. Even Duchovny has had a role in a rom-com with the film Return to Me.
This new movie is based on Steven Dietz’s play, Shooting Star. Playwright Dietz co-wrote the script with Kirk Lynn and Ryan.
The story follows ex-lovers Willa (Ryan) and Bill (Duchovny) who are reunited for the first time since their split decades prior when they both find themselves snowed in, in-transit, at an airport overnight. Willa is still the willful, independent spirt she once was, free of any ties. Bill, recently separated, is reassessing his life and his relationships with his estranged wife and daughter. All each wants is to get home but over the course of the night they find themselves at first reluctantly drawn together yet compelled to revisit their past, along with what could have been and what might be again. When the versions of their shared history don’t quite add up, they wonder where they go from there.
Production is slated to begin later this year in Bentonville, Arkansas, and Bleecker Street is planning to release the movie in 2023. I look forward to checking it out.