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"Mad Men" Creator Matthew Weiner's Directorial Debut 'You Are Here' Stars Owen Wilson

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 28, 2012 at 1:49PM

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner has chosen a project for his feature film debut. He wrote and will direct relationship comedy "You Are Here," which will start shooting in May in North Carolina with funnymen Owen Wilson ("Midnight in Paris") and Zach Galifianakis ("The Hangover").
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Woody Allen with Owen Wilson, on the set of "Midnight in Paris"
Sony Classics Woody Allen with Owen Wilson, on the set of "Midnight in Paris"

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."
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.