Back in 2001, director David Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer starred Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler in a satire of coming-of-age, last-day-of-summer ensemble comedy films. Now, the three will reunite once again for the romantic comedy parody, They Came Together. The delightfully meta-titled project will be financed through Lionsgate’s microbudget division. Wain co-wrote the script with collaborator, Michael Showalter not long after completing Wet Hot American Summer, but the project never got off the ground. Lionsgate is now aiming for a production start this summer. Rudd and Poehler both participated in a table read of both the Wet Hot American Summer and They Came Together scripts at San Francisco’s Sketchfest earlier this year. Hit the jump for more on the plot of They Came Together, which takes a clear shot at You’ve Got Mail and a number of other rom coms.
Variety reports that Rudd, Poehler and Wain will come together on this parody, which features Rudd as Joel, a corporate suit whose company is threatening to put Molly’s (Poehler) knick-knack shop out of business. (Take that, “The Shop Around the Corner!”) Obviously they get off to a rocky start, but as is often the case in romantic comedies, things presumably work out in the end. They Came Together takes jabs at predictable rom-com staples, including crazy ex’s, intimidating in-laws and picturesque New York City in the fall. The animosity won’t exactly be a stretch for Rudd and Poehler who have taken satiric jabs at each others’ characters as dueling politicians in this season of NBC’s Parks and Recreation.
Wain has recently released a number of movies (Wanderlust, The Ten and Role Models) all starring Rudd. Rudd has quite the busy release schedule ahead of him, with debuts including The Perks of Being a Wallflower, This is 40, Admission, Freezing People is Easy, and, of course, Anchorman 2.
In addition to her regular recurring role on Parks and Rec, Poehler recently wrapped A.C.O.D. alongside Parks co-star, Adam Scott. She’s currently filming You Are Here, a Matthew Weiner (Mad Men) comedy in which she plays Zach Galifianakis’ sister.