Believe it or not, Amy Poehler has yet to make her feature directorial debut. That’s about to change with a new Netflix comedy dubbed Wine Country. Not content with simply sitting in the director’s chair, Poehler will also star in and produce the film, and she’ll be joined by a cast including Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Maya Rudolph and Emily Spivey, with, of course, Tina Fey waiting somewhere in the wings. Perhaps Netflix will prove to be as lucrative a platform for Poehler, Fey & Co. as it has been for Adam Sandler & Friends, so this will be an interesting case study.
As THR reports, Wine Country “tells of longtime friends who go to Napa for a weekend getaway to celebrate a 50th birthday.” The upcoming comedy was w ritten by Spivey (The Last Man on Earth), a collaborated of Poehler’s on both Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation, and Liz Cackowski, another SNL writer who also worked alongside Spivey for The Last Man on Earth. The plan is to start production next week in both Los Angeles and, of course, Napa.
See how Netflix and the cast of Wine Country made their announcement:
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 producers through her Paper Kite Productions along with Paper Pictures’ Carla Hacken (Brad’s Status) and Dunshire Productions’ Morgan Sackett (Parks and Recreation, Veep and Seinfeld).
Poehler has previously directed episodes of Parks and Recreation and Broad City, and counts the 2016 TV movie Dumb Prince as another director credit. The Golden Globe-winner will next be seen hosting the NBC competition series Making It along with Parks and Recreation co-star, Nick Offerman.