Amy Poehler To Make Directorial Debut With Netflix’s ‘Wine Country’ | Film News
Despite Amy Poehler‘s massive talent in front and behind the camera, she’s yet to make her feature directorial debut. That’s about to change though, with the upcoming Netflix comedy Wine Country set to have Poehler produce, star in and direct the project.
The film will tell the story of “longtime friends who go to Napa for a weekend getaway to celebrate a 50th birthday”, and has been written by Emily Spivey, a former collaborator with Poehler on Parks & Recreation and Saturday Night Live, and Liz Cackowski, another former SNL writer who also worked alongside Spivey on the show The Last Man On Earth.
Alongside Poehler, the film will also star Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Maya Rudolph, with Tina Fey featuring at some point. Netflix tweeted out this announcement alongside a video of the cast:
It's happening—Amy Poehler's directorial debut, Wine Country, is coming soon to Netflix! Starring Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Maya Rudolph, Emily Spivey and featuring Tina Fey. Get excited. Get real excited. pic.twitter.com/kZedPmzeVC
— Netflix US (@netflix) March 20, 2018
Poehler has previously directed episodes of Parks & Recreation and Broad City, but it will be exciting to she what she does with her first feature film. It’ll also be interesting to see if Netflix opens their arms to Poehler similarly to how they signed a large deal with Adam Sandler for multiple films.
That would be great news, but will likely depend on the success of Wine Country, which doesn’t currently have a release date but is expected to arrive later this year.