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Mad Men may be back on the air to entertain television audiences on a weekly basis, but the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, is looking ahead to his next big challenge. The writer-director announced that he’ll make his feature-length directorial debut with You Are Here, a road-trip comedy he intends to shoot with Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler. Here’s the synopsis, from an official release:
Local weatherman and freewheeling bachelor Steve Dallas (Wilson) and bi-polar man-child Ben (Galafianakis) 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.
"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."
It’s always fun to see a creator with a real voice transition from one medium to another. Glee creator Ryan Murphy showed his range via Eat Pray Love. Joss Whedon’s about to redefine the horror genre with The Cabin in the Woods. And I’d pay to see anything by the great David Chase (The Sopranos) or the brilliant David Simon (The Wire). We can only hope You Are Here has half the depth and sincerity of Mad Men.
At the very least, he’s starting with a great cast. Any comedy that manages to lure Wilson, Galifianakis and Poehler sounds, on paper, like a safe bet. We’ll bring you more about Here as it develops.