Thursday, May 23, 2024

It’s Complicated: Nancy Meyers to Direct a $130 Mil Rom-Com with a Woody Allen Cast About Herself Based on One of Her Movies


Back in 1984, Charles Shyer directed a movie called “Irreconcilable Differences.” His wife, Nancy Meyers, wrote it with him. It was a romcom about a movie making couple — Ryan O’Neal playing Peter Bogdanovich and Shelley Long as his real life wife, Polly Platt — who split but have to keep working together. (The movie introduced Sharon Stone.)

Along the years, Meyers — who went on to make a movie about Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin living in a great kitchen — and Shyer split in real life. Now Meyers is going to make her first movie since 2015. It’s a rom-com about a filmmaking couple who split but must work together on a new film to save their careers. The film, revealed by the Puck newsletter yesterday, has no title. It’s just called “Paramount Paris.”

Is it is set in Paris? That would be important because Woody Allen, whose movies Meyers echo, had his biggest hit with “Midnight in Paris.” That movie starred Owen Wilson, who is one of the four main actors in Meyers’ new movie. The others are Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, and Michael Fassbender. Cruz and Johansson starred in another Allen hit, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”

The budget for “Paramount Paris” is said to be $130 million– which I guess makes sense if it’s shot in Paris. But Woody Allen’s new movie, “Coup de Chance,” was just shot in Paris for probably a quarter of that price. And the movies he made with the same actors, ditto. It’s all a little confusing. But years from now it will make a great theme night on TCM!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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