Meg Ryan is a household name when it comes to romantic comedies, starring in films such as When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail.
The 60-year-old actress’ directorial debut of 2015’s Ithaca led to her reunion with Sleepless and Mail co-actor Tom Hanks. Ithaca was darker and heavier than the previous movies she co-starred in.
And now Ryan will make a return to the rom-com genre. She is set to helm and star in the upcoming film What Happens Later with David Duchovny.
Described as “an evolved and nostalgic take on the romantic comedy,” What Happens Later is inspired by the play Shooting Star by Steven Dietz, a co-writer of the screenplay alongside novelist Kirk Lynn and Ryan.
The film’s release narrates the movie: “ex-lovers Willa (Ryan) and Bill (Duchovny) are reunited for the first time since their split decades prior when they both find themselves snowed in, in-transit, at an airport overnight.”
So, ex-lovers stranded together in one place? What’s going to happen?
“Willa is still the willful, independent spirit 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 well be again. But when the versions of their shared history don’t quite add up, where do they go from there?”
Whatever happens next, let’s expect we get Hanks to come out of nowhere because he’s good at that. The US rights of What Happens Later is acquired by Bleecker Street, which looks to release the movie in theaters in 2023.
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