In a just-announced press release, Lawrence Kasdan’s Darling Companion will also star Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss. The release gives more plot info too, positioning this film as a third in a series meditating on Kasdan’s generation. The Big Chill, Grand Canyon and now, Darling Companion. Here is more from the release:
DARLING COMPANION marks the third installment in Kasdan‚Äôs consideration of his generation, following “The Big Chill” and “Grand Canyon”, as well as his sixth collaboration with Kevin Kline. The film will be produced by Anthony Bregman for Likely Story, Elizabeth Redleaf for Werc Werk Works and Lawrence Kasdan. Christine Walker, Meg Kasdan and John Kelly will serve as executive producers.
DARLING COMPANION is the story of a woman who loves her dog more than her husband. And then her husband loses the dog.
On a wintry day, Beth (Keaton) saves a bedraggled lost dog from the side of the freeway. Struggling with her distracted, self-involved husband Joseph (Kline) and an empty nest at home, Beth forms a special bond with the rescued animal. When Joseph loses the dog after a wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies, the distraught Beth enlists the help of the few remaining guests and a mysterious young woman in a frantic search. Each member of the search party is affected by the adventure, which takes them in unexpected directions ‚Äì comic, harrowing, and sometimes deeply emotional.
The production is scheduled for a 30-day shoot in Utah beginning in late September.
‚ÄúLawrence Kasdan has a rich tradition of making comedies filled with a love of life — and ‚ÄòDarling Companion‚Äô has all species of it,‚Äù says Anthony Bregman. ‚ÄúThis is a movie about the most basic human challenge: to share with each other the higher level of love, companionship, and trust that humans share with their pets.‚Äù
Meg and Lawrence Kasdan‚Äôs previous collaboration on ‚ÄúGrand Canyon‚Äù resulted in an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay.