Seth Meyers' Alone For The Holidays Hires Director Anne Fletcher
Comedian Seth Meyers has been one of Saturday Night Live's head writers since 2005. And like many of the sketch crafters who've come before him, the Weekend Update anchorman has been angling to make the leap to screenwriter. While there's been little development on his announced sex comedy Key Party, Deadline reports another Meyers-penned script has come one step closer to production by securing savvy comedy director Anne Fletcher.
Penned for Fox 2000, the original comedy titled Alone For The Holidays, is expected to go into production this fall with aims to open in the thick of yuletide 2013. Unfortunately plot details are being closely guarded at this point. All we know is that Meyers' funny flick is set in New York City during Christmas time. Of course, Fletcher is best known for helming such wildly successful rom-coms as 27 Dresses, which established Katherine Heigl as a chick flick figure (for better or worse), and The Proposal, which earned more than $300 million worldwide. So it's possible Meyers found inspiration while performing in Gary Marshall's star-stuffed ensemble rom-com New Year's Eve, and opted to pen a NYC-set love story of his own.
However, Fletcher's latest project, The Guilt Trip, has shown an attempt to branch out from her rom-com roots. Starring Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand, that comedy caper centers on the wacky road trip had by and aspiring inventor and his overbearing mother. So it's possible Alone For The Holidays could prove something more unconventional, though I wouldn't bet on it with the word "alone" in the title. Regardless, I'm curious to see what the results will be. Meyers is an untested storyteller in this arena, but Fletcher's shown she knows how to sell mainstream gags. And while I'm not personally a fan of 27 Dresses, she totally won me over with the warm and wild antics of The Proposal. In short, this seems a shrewd pairing for a holiday-themed comedy, whatever its subgenre.
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