'Into the Beautiful' Will Mark Meg Ryan's Feature Directorial Debut
Though her acting career has taken a turn for the worse over the past decade, it looks Meg Ryan is going to try to find success behind the camera. Variety reports the Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail star is set to make her feature directorial debut with Into the Beautiful a comedic drama from writer Anne Meredith. The project is described as a contemporary version of The Big Chill (though it's not a remake) with the story following longtime friends reconnecting after years apart. Apparently the film is set to start shooting in September in New York, and although she's directing, it doesn't sound like Ryan will be in front of the camera.
I'm kind of a sucker for these kind of films. I love The Big Chill (but I hated Grown Ups), and these kind of stories just make me think about reconnecting with old friends years or even decades down the road. Producer Wendy Finerman (Forrest Gump, The Devil Wears Prada) seems to have the same feelings as she says, "I'm often drawn to pictures that make you laugh and cry. I think this is the perfect project for Meg to bring to life. She's poignant and funny and heartfelt." Let's hope she fares better behind the camera than she has in front of it recently. What do you think?