Meg Ryan, David Duchovny movie filmed in NWA sets release date

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A romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and David Duchovny that was filmed in Northwest Arkansas last fall will soon be released.

The film, based on the play Shooting Star by Steven Dietz with a screenplay written by Dietz, Kirk Lynn, and Ryan, is called “What Happens Later,” and is due out in theaters on Oct. 13.

Ryan also directed the film, which features her for the second time in the director’s chair and her first since the 2015 film, “Ithaca.”

From the synopsis:

Two 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.

We spotted Ryan and Duchovny working on scenes at the NWA National Airport back in October of last year. We’d heard at the time that Fayetteville Public Library was also a backdrop for a portion of the film. We didn’t notice the library in the scenes released in the trailer (embedded below), but Crystal Bridges also makes an appearance.

Locals Kerri Elder and Blake Elder of Rockhill Studios are listed as executive producers on the film.

A bit more information on the film is available at