Nancy Meyers to Direct THE INTERN with Tina Fey and THE CHELSEA with Felicity Jones

     April 13, 2012

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Fans of director Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated) now have, not one, but two reasons to cheer.  Meyers has recently been attached to direct two new projects:

  • The Intern, a comedy starring Tina Fey as a founder of an e-business fashion company who reluctantly brings a 70-year-old widower intern on board.
  • The Chelsea, a dramedy starring Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) that revolves around an ensemble cast who reside in New York’s Chelsea Apartments.

Hit the jump for more on both projects.

Deadline reportsnancy-meyers that Meyers will direct The Intern from her own script for Paramount.  Fey’s character learns that her thriving company has instituted a community outreach plan that brings seniors in as interns.  She’s then horrified to find out that the senior in question isn’t enrolled in high school or college, but rather a senior citizen home.  While the two initially have a contentious relationship due to the age gap, the intern eventually becomes indispensable.  Meyers has said that the story is “a love story about the friendship they develop” and has an actor in mind for the titular role, but won’t say who it is until he’s locked in.  Though Meyer is known for building stories around more mature women, she had this to say about The Intern:

“It seemed more interesting than having to see yet another thing set at an ad agency. Tina’s character is much younger than me, but I was attracted to the pressures the character feels with her business, her husband and kids, and seeing all this from the point of view of a man who has been through it.”

As for The Chelsea, Deadline also reports that Meyers will direct from a script by her daughter, Hallie Meyers-Shyer.  Meyers has commented on trying to squeeze in The Chelsea this year before moving on to The Intern after Fey’s 30 Rock schedule clears, but only if a cast comes together quickly.  It’s looking more likely that The Intern will be Meyers’ next project, as her other daughter, Annie Meyers-Shyer is getting married this summer.  That’s an event I doubt the writer of Father of the Bride is likely to miss.

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