Seeing as he served as a writer/producer on Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Matthew Weiner is considered something of a TV god. Also, I hear that he has some new show called Mad Men that’s showing some promise; so he’s got the TV game locked down. But a transition into feature films has eluded him up to this point.
Weiner wrote a dramedy called You Are Here back in the early 2000s. It’s about a freewheeling weatherman who goes on a road trip with his bi-polar best friend. The friend is kind of a man-child, but he’s in line to inherit some big responsibilities, which causes complications between the two. It sounds like something of a coming-of-age movie, but for grown-ass men. Over the years several incarnations of the film have almost made it into production with names like Matt Dillon, Jack Black, and Matthew McConaughey attached in various roles, but up to this point it’s never completely worked out.
That’s all set to change though, because – dang it – this guy wrote on Andy Richter Controls the Universe, and if he wants to make a goofy comedy, then he’s allowed to. THR has news that Weiner is determined to put the project in front of the camera sometime around April, and if that doesn’t sound official enough for you, he’s already signed Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis to star.
Seeing as Wilson is coming off of his huge success with Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Galifianakis is coming off of his huge paycheck for The Hangover Part II, that gives You Are Here some serious star power at its control. And if that’s not enough for you, there’s also word that Weiner is in the process of negotiating with Amy Poehler as well. She would play the sister to the Galifianakis character, who is greedily trying to hone in on his inheritance. The comedy flows freely and plentifully here.
Deadline Brooklandville pulled a quote from Weiner out of a press release, which reads, “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. 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.” If he’s able to make Mad Men as awesome and gorgeous to look at as it is while really being passionate about something else, then it seems we’re going to be in for a real treat with this one. I am there.