Meg Ryan, once the darling of romantic films, marks her return to cinema with “What Happens Later.” Contrary to the buzz about her “comeback,” Ryan emphasizes that she never truly left the scene. The film, which she co-wrote and directed, showcases the chance encounter of former lovers, played by Ryan and Duchovny, at an airport. As fate would have it, they’re stranded due to a snowstorm, leading to nostalgic conversations and rekindled emotions.
The inspiration for the story struck Ryan during the pandemic, giving her ample time to pen it down. While she’s synonymous with romantic comedies, Duchovny is relatively new to the genre. He was intrigued by the unique premise of the film, where only two characters drive the narrative for its entirety. The duo’s on-screen chemistry and the film’s engaging dialogue promise a captivating watch.
A special touch to “What Happens Later” is its dedication to Nora Ephron, a legendary figure in the rom-com world. Ryan and Ephron’s collaborations, such as “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail,” are etched in cinematic history. Expressing her gratitude, Ryan says the film is her way of thanking Ephron for the trust, lessons, and memories they shared.
The film is set to premiere on November 3, promising a delightful experience for fans and newcomers alike.