Bleecker Street has released the official trailer and poster for rom-com What Happens Later, directed by Meg Ryan and opening in theaters on November 3, 2023.
What Happens Later is rated R for language, some sexual references and brief drug use. You can watch the later using the player below and you’ll find the poster underneath.
In the movie, ex lovers Bill (David Duchovny) and Willa (Meg Ryan) get snowed in at a regional airport overnight. Indefinitely delayed, Willa, a magical thinker, and Bill, a catastrophic one, find themselves just as attracted to and annoyed by one another as they did decades earlier.
But as they unpack the riddle of their mutual past and compare their lives to the dreams they once shared, they begin to wonder if their reunion is mere coincidence, or something more enchanted.
What Happens Later was written by Steven Dietz, Kirk Lynn and Meg Ryan, based on the play “Shooting Star” by Steven Dietz.
The film’s producers include Jonathan Duffy, Kelly Williams, Laura D. Smith, and Kristin Mann.
Meg Ryan previously talked to Entertainment Weekly about What Happens Later. “Sometimes there’s a question of: Will they be together? Will they not be together?” Ryan told them.
“For that reason, [What Happens Later] sort of evolves the rom-com genre just a little bit. It’s also about old people, and it’s still romantic and sexy.”
Ryan added: “It has a relationship to movies from the ’40s, like Bringing Up Baby, in terms of the banter and the rhythm of things and a lot of that era of filmmaking.
“Nora Ephron used to say about rom-coms that they were really a secretly incredible delivery system to comment on the times, and we do that in this movie.”
Ryan told EW she met Duchovny on Zoom in preparation for the film. “My character, Willa, is a magical thinker and David’s character, Bill, is a catastrophic thinker. These rom-coms really work when the two characters are somehow opposites and yet have a rhythm of intellect and humor and dialogue and banter that sort of indicates their compatibility.
“So, it’s just been really fun to see David embrace this guy who I don’t think is anything really like David. Whereas the Willa thing I can really relate to. To see him dive into every single scene in the fullest way, he’s funny, and he’s smart, and he’s dear, and irresistible.”