Meg Ryan was scheduled to return to her romantic comedy big screen stomping ground on Oct. 13, however, Taylor Swift spoiled it. No prob, the Ryan directed and starring What Happens Later holiday-set feature from Bleecker Street will now go on Nov. 3, the last weekend of AMC’s Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert movie. Hopefully by that time, the Swifties will be interested in other movies.
What Happens Later reps the third movie to shift out of the Oct. 13 frame due to the Swift concert after The Exorcist: Believer (now Oct. 6) and Lionsgate/Kingdom Story’s Ordinary Angels which is now TBD.
Ryan and David Duchovny play Willa and Bill, ex-lovers who’ll see each other for the first time in years when they find themselves snowed in, in-transit, at an airport overnight.
Bleecker Street is calling Ryan’s return to romcoms, the #Megaissance. The movie reps her second feature as director after 2015’s Ithaca.
While the original Top Gun at $357M worldwide is Ryan’s top grossing film, her Tom Hanks romance pics, You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle, are her second and third respective high grossing titles worldwide at $251M and $228M.
Ryan received three Golden Globe noms for Best Actress in a Comedy Musical for You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle as well as Rob Reiner’s 1990 romcom, When Harry Met Sally…, another big summer hit that year which minted $93M stateside.
Industry projections –at the low end– have Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour at a $70M+ opening on Oct. 13-15.
Below is Bleecker Street’s tweet and the trailer for What Happens Later.