David Wain to direct Lionsgate microbudget project

Wet Hot American Summer” stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler are coming together to reteam with director David Wain on “They Came Together,” a romantic comedy parody that will be produced through Lionsgate’s microbudget division.

Wain and his longtime collaborator Michael Showalter wrote the script shortly after “Wet Hot American Summer,” though the project never got made, as Universal put the project into turnaround. Lionsgate is now gearing up for a July shoot. Showalter will produce, while Wain will exec produce. Lionsgate exec Matt Kaplan will oversee the project for the studio.

When Joel (Rudd) and Molly (Poehler) meet, it’s hate at first sight; his big corporation is the one that threatens to shut down her quirky knick-knack store. Story, which follows their predictably on-again/off-again relationship, features rom-com staples such as the jealous ex-girlfriend, the office jerk, scary in-laws, a boring dentist, a wise dog and beautiful shots of New York City in autumn.

Both Rudd and Poehler participated in a table read of the script at the San Francisco Sketchfest back in January. Rudd has also been recurring on Poehler’s NBC series “Parks and Recreation.”

Rudd has appeared in all of Wain’s movies, including “The Ten,” “Wanderlust” and “Role Models,” the latter of which was a modestly-budgeted Universal comedy that went on to gross $92 million worldwide.

Rudd will next be seen in Summit’s high school pic “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and he also stars in Judd Apatow’s “This Is 40.” Thesp is attached to star in Paul Weitz’s “Admission” and Lynn Shelton’s “Laggies,” as well as Adam McKay’s highly-anticipated “Anchorman” sequel. Rudd most recently wrapped Phil Morrison’s “Lucky Dog,” which co-stars Paul Giamatti.

Poehler recently wrapped Black Bear Pictures’ comedy “A.C.O.D.” and is currently filming Matthew Weiner’s “You Are Here,” in which she plays Zach Galifianakis’ sister.

Rudd is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, while WME and 3 Arts Entertainment rep Poehler.

Lionsgate’s microbudget initiative also includes Paul Middleditch’s laffer “Rapturepalooza,” which stars Anna Kendrick and comedy luminaries John Francis Daley, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Ken Jeong and Ana Gasteyer.

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