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Matthew Weiner’s feature debut, YOU ARE HERE, faces scheduling delays

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
November 10th, 2009

Matthew Weiner

The story of Matthew Weiner is an interesting one. While working as a staff writer for Ted Danson’s sitcom, “Becker,” he created his first spec script for what would become “Mad Men.” The impressive nature of the script ultimately led to Weiner getting a gig writing, and later producing, on “The Sopranos.” But he didn’t let “Mad Men” go by the wayside, and shopped it around to various networks. HBO and Showtime notoriously passed on it, until AMC (which had never produced its own dramatic series) picked the show up. In just three seasons, “Mad Men” has become a cultural juggernaut, and the notorious attention to detail and involvement exhibited by Weiner is often credited as playing a huge part in its success.

But Weiner cannot confine his talents to “Mad Men” alone, and has long had his feature film debut lined up. It’s about as far from “Mad Men” as you can get. The film is called YOU ARE HERE, and it’s touted as a romantic comedy that he penned way back in his “Sopranos” days (hey, take the levity where you can get it). Financing for the film is already in order, and the cast is set to include three of the film world’s hottest commodities - Jennifer Aniston, Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis.

However, when you throw three popular actors and one of the hottest television writers and producers on to one project, scheduling is sure to get dicey, and that’s precisely what’s keeping YOU ARE HERE from getting filmed and to a theater near you. It’s Weiner’s schedule for production on the fourth season of “Mad Men” that is being primarily blamed for the setback, as all three stars are “understood to be committed to juggling their [schedules] to make it work in 2011.”

Beyond the “romantic comedy” genre attachment, not much is known about the actual plot of the film. I’ll go out on a limb here – Aniston will be playing a woman, Cooper will be playing a man, they’ll probably get together, Galifianakis will be funny. Era-appropriate props are not optional.

Source Variety

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