×

Rudd, Poehler team for rom-com parody

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.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Fernando Meirelles The Two Popes

    How Italy Entices Big-Budget Film and TV Projects to Shoot on the Peninsula

    This summer there is lots of action on the Italian peninsula. “No Time to Die, ” the latest James Bond film, is shooting amid cave dwellings in the ancient southern town of Matera, while Christopher Nolan’s latest, “Tenet,” is encamped in Ravello, a jewel overlooking the Amalfi coast. Terrence Malick is in Anzio, a central [...]

  • Thom Zimny, Bruce Springsteen and Martin

    Bruce Springsteen's Director, Thom Zimny, on the Move from 'Broadway' to 'Western Stars'

    Director Thom Zimny is due for a big September: Come Sept. 22, he’ll find out whether he’s winning an Emmy Award for directing “Springsteen on Broadway” for Netflix. Ten days before that, he’ll be at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival to premiere a theatrical feature, “Western Stars,” which he co-directed with his muse and subject, [...]

  • Angel Has Fallen

    Box Office: 'Angel Has Fallen' Flies to $1.5 Million on Thursday Night

    Action movie “Angel Has Fallen” has soared to $1.5 million at 2,600 North American locations in Thursday night previews. Christian drama “Overcomer” took in $775,000 during Thursday night previews at 1,563 locations. “Angel Has Fallen” has been tracking for a debut in the $12 million to $16 million range and will expand to 3,286 sites on [...]

  • Our Mothers Review

    Oscars: Belgium Sends Cannes Prizewinner 'Our Mothers' to International Feature Film Race

    Belgian-Guatemalan director Cesar Diaz’s feature debut, “Our Mothers,” will represent Belgium in the International Feature Film category at the Oscars. Represented in international markets by Pyramide, “Our Mothers” world premiered at Cannes’ Critics Week and won the Golden Camera for best first film. “Our Mothers” is set in today’s Guatemala, a country riveted by the [...]

  • La vaca "The Cow"

    Alfredo Castro, Mia Maestro, Leonor Varela Cast in Francisca Alegria’s Debut (EXCLUSIVE)

    SANTIAGO, Chile  —  The much anticipated feature debut of Chilean Francisca Alegria, renowned for her magical short “And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow’s Eye,” has firmed up its cast and shooting dates. Argentine thesp Mia Maestro (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”), Chile’s Leonor Varela (“Dallas,” “Blade 2”), Alfredo Castro (“From Afar,” “Museum”) [...]

  • 210819 Distribusjonsseminar DNF

    Haugesund: Nordic Distribution Panel Analyzes Recent Success Story 'Queen of Hearts'

    HAUGESUND, Norway  —  On Wednesday morning, shortly before this year’s New Nordic Films Works in Progress screening was due to begin, a handful of industry veterans sat for a panel that picked up right where last year’s WIP program left off. Presented in collaboration with Europa Distribution, the panel – called “The Value Chain: A [...]

  • L-R Dena Kaplan, Ronny Chieng, Josh

    Rafe Spall Leads Cast of Oscar Nominated Josh Lawson's 'Long Story Short'

    Rafe Spall, whose credits include “The Big Short” and “Shaun of the Dead,” leads the cast of romantic comedy “Long Story Short.” Studiocanal will handle worldwide sales on the film, which starts to shoot on Monday in Sydney, Australia. The movie is written and directed by Josh Lawson, who was Oscar nominated last year for [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content