Road Trippin’: Amy Poehler to direct, star in ‘Wine Country’ set in Napa Valley

Poehler and friends descend upon Napa Valley to celebrate a birthday party.

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.
Amy Poehler (shown with Tina Fey) will direct, star and produce 'Wine Country' scheduled to be shot in Los Angeles and the Napa Valley.

“Get excited. Get real excited.”

Comedian, writer, director, actor, and superstar Amy Poehler is on her way to the Napa Valley. Her directorial debut Wine Country is scheduled to be shot on location here in 2018.

But not without a little help from her friends.

Also starring in the comedy are several familiar names including Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey and Ana Gasteyer.

Production for the Netflix backed project is scheduled for March, though we’re still not sure yet which wineries, restaurants and other locations have been scouted for the shoot.

Not much is known about the story at this point (as of this writing there’s only a stub/placeholder for Wine Country on IMDB), though word is the plot will center around a group of “longtime friends” who take a road trip to Napa to celebrate a 50th birthday party.

Given the success of Sideways in 2004, it will be interesting how a female — and surely just as raucous — version of a wine country getaway turns out.

In addition to directing and starring, Poehler will also serve as producer (Paper Kite Productions). The script comes courtesy of SNL alums Emily Spivey and Liz Cackowski (The Last Man on Earth).

Distributor Netflix is reported to have a content budget for 2018 in the neighborhood of $8 billion — that’s in addition to a marketing budget of about $2 billion (up from $1.28 billion in 2017). Netflix. Amazon. Hulu. Google. Apple. The Great Streaming Wars continue.

With Clinton Stark in San Francisco.

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