Variety has the news on “Where are we before?” and here is the official synopsis:
After a forced landing leaves passengers and crew of a commercial flight stranded for three months, the film follows members of this makeshift community who begin to mount a production of a Shakespeare play to keep themselves occupied, despite their captain trying to focus them on getting rescued.
It seems perfectly suited to the genre of comedy that David Wain has taken on over the years. Along with “Wet Hot American Summer” and the prequel / sequel shows that followed on Netflix, Wain also made waves with “Role Models”, “Wanderlust” and “A Futile and Stupid Gesture”. But he is also well known for his collaborations with writer / director Michael Showalter on “They Came Together” and their television comedic exploits such as the sketch series “The State” and “Michael & Michael Have Issues”, alongside their “Stella”. sketch comedy cohort Michael Ian Black. To have these comedic sensibilities combined with a musical feature film sounds great to me.
As for Banks, the last decade has seen her break through as a producer, starting with the “Pitch Perfect” franchise, for which she also directed the second installment (for better or for worse). Banks also directed and produced the reboot of “Charlie’s Angels” on the big screen and was executive producer of Aidy Bryant’s Hulu series “Shrill”. She also has an exciting new thriller “Cocaine Bear” in the works, which she will direct and produce. It sounds like “Where are we before?” Will only have her produce alongside her husband and production partner Max Handelman through their Brownstone Productions, but maybe she will end up having a role in the film as well.
“Where are we before? Will surely use Wain’s penchant for absurd comedy, especially since he co-wrote the screenplay with comedy duo Zach Reino and Jess McKenna, from the “Off Book” podcast. Hopefully many of Wain’s frequent collaborators over the years, such as Paul Rudd, Ken Marino, Kerri Kenney, and Joe Lo Truglio, will join us as well. After all, a crashed plane offers every opportunity to assemble a hilarious cast, and Wain has been very good at it for years now.