Meg Ryan

What Happens Later Stages the Comeback of Meg Ryan to the Rom-Com Genre

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Meg Ryan is one of the most iconic actors in romantic comedies, with films such as When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail

The actress has reunited with Sleepless and Mail co-star Tom Hanks for her directorial debut. The movie Ithaca was darker than any of their previous movies together as actors in which she starred opposite him.

Ryan has been announced to helm and star in the upcoming romantic comedy film What Happens Later with David Duchovny.

Described as “an evolved and nostalgic take on the romantic comedy,” What Happens Later is based on 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.” 

Ex-lovers stranded together in one place? What will 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?” 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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