‘Mad Men’ Creator and Showrunner Matt Weiner, Having Finished Shooting This Season’s ‘Mad Men’ Two Weeks Ago, Will Now Direct Buddy Comedy Theatrical Film With Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler

Apr 11, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Matt Weiner, who has had enormous success as the creator and showrunner for the multiple Emmy-winning drama "Mad Men," is about to tackle the silver screen.

With the current season of "Mad Men" already in the can, he is about to start directing a comedy feature film — which he has also written — that stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler, reports Deadline.com. The movie is called "You Are Here."

According to the article, "Weiner has been trying to launch ‘You Are Here’ for 8 years. ‘I’ve re-written it a few times, I haven’t been available for part of the time, and the rest of it is just how hard it is to get a movie made. Especially an adult movie, one that doesn’t have a high concept,’  he says. ‘I tried to get it together during other off-seasons and just hadn’t been able to get the right casting or financing. It’s like, you get the cast and you can get the financing, but sometimes you can’t get the cast unless you have the financing and there’s all the stuff about foreign sales. It’s a lot more producing than I thought I would have to do.’ "

The story also says, "Some might be surprised [that Weiner’s] first feature is a comedy. But, although Weiner is known for his dramatic TV series, he has worked in sitcoms before, most notably at Ted Danson’s ‘Becker.’ ‘This film has a tough genre. The most notable quality to it is that it’s funny. And I always think that funny is the best environment to tell a serious story. You know, believe it or not, there’s a lot of humor in ‘Mad Men.’ Especially in the dark moments. So I felt that I wanted to write a movie about friendship, and male friendship in particular, and the mystery of friendship that holds people together.’ ”

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