You know how you can tell a real tried-and-true collaboration? When two talented people make a flop together, yet continue to work on project after project.
Those two people in question are director David Wain and star Paul Rudd, who Variety says will reunite before the flaming box office wreckage of "Wanderlust" has even been put out by the fire department on anti-romantic comedy "They Came Together."
"Parks and Recreation" all-star Amy Poehler, who appeared opposite Rudd in Wain's 2001 cult camp comedy "Wet Hot American Summer," will add her unparalleled improv gifts to the script, which was originally intended to be Wain and co-writer Michael Showalter's follow-up to "Wet Hot" before it was canceled by Universal a decade ago.
After the more mainstream "Wanderlust" and "Role Models," Wain is returning to his roots by making this new meta take on the rom-com genre through Lionsgate's microbudget division.
The love story is kicked-off by a very "You've Got Mail" meet-cute situation, involving Joel (Rudd) and Molly (Poehler): "His big corporation is the one that threatens to shut down her quirky knick-knack store. Their predictably on-again/off-again relationship features rom-com staples such as the jealous ex-girlfriend, the office jerk, scary in-laws, a boring dentist, a wise dog and beautiful shots of New York City in autumn."
Rudd, who shares great chemistry with Poehler as a frequent guest star on "Parks and Recreation," still has Judd Apatow's "This Is 40" on the way this year and is stocking up on mustache wax for forthcoming "Anchorman 2." Poehler is currently filming "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner's "You Are Here" as Zach Galifianakis' sister.