Meg Ryan making directorial debut with Into the Beautiful

I used to be madly in love with Meg Ryan back in the 80s and 90s, but admittedly she's sorta fell of the radar. It's proven to be a nearly 15 year struggle for her to break free of the mousy innocent shtick she cultivated in so many romantic comedies. Her turn to the "mature" side in 2003's In the Cut was a total flop sandwich. Even though she's made a handful of movies over the last few years, the last thing I saw her in was 2004's Against the Ropes. I couldn't make it all the way through The Women. But now it looks like she's ready to embark on the next phase of her career, as Variety broke the news that Ryan will be making her directorial debut in a film titled Into the Beautiful.

Not much is known about it except it's being primed as a modern day spin on "The Big Chill", which means a bunch of middle aged folks getting together after years apart.  Wendy Finerman(The Devil Wears Prada) is producing the film, which is based on a script by Anne Meredith. Ryan is not expected to be featured in the cast. Shooting is set to begin in September in New York.