Wisely, "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner has chosen to write an original comedy for his feature film debut. The relationship comedy "You Are Here" will start shooting in May in North Carolina with funnymen Owen Wilson ("Midnight in Paris") and Zach Galifianakis ("The Hangover"). TV comedienne Amy Poehler ("Parks & Recreation") is in talks to join the cast.
"This movie has been my passion for eight years and to see it come together with Owen and Zach and Amy is a dream come true," said Weiner. "I can't wait to get started because the movie is about everything I care about and I'm tired of reading it out loud to my friends."
LA-based production and financing outfit Gilbert Films, which produced Lisa Cholodenko's Oscar contender "The Kids Are All Right" as well as Zach Braff's "Garden State," but got caught in post-production hell on Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret," will back the film. (My profile of owner Gary Gilbert is here.) "Matt is one of the brightest creative minds in television," said Gilbert, "and we are confident that this project will solidify the same reputation for him in the world of narrative film."
Weiner directed many episodes of Emmy-winning "Mad Men" through its five years of production. Gary Gilbert, Scott Hornbacher, and Jordan Horowitz will produce. Lionsgate is handling international sales.
Here's a synopsis:
Local weatherman and freewheeling bachelor Steve Dallas (Wilson) and bi-polar man-child Ben (Galafinakis) are childhood best friends who embark on a road trip home after Ben discovers that his estranged father has passed away. Once there, Ben is shocked to learn that his eccentric father had big plans for him and he's inherited a whole lot more than his father's money. As Ben struggles with his new responsibilities, his friendship with Steve is tested by the complications of his inheritance, his sister Terry's (Poehler) ambition, and Steve's desire to be with his father's beautiful young widow Angela.
Other Gilbert films include "From Prada to Nada," "Henry Poole is Here," starring Owen's brother Luke Wilson, and "Meet Monica Velour." Still to come are Sundance competition entry "Save the Date" and Mike Uppendahl's "Quad."