Courteney Cox has been spending most of her time recently in Cougar Town, but she’s about to step behind the camera to direct her first feature film, Hello I Must Be Going. It’s written by David Flebotte and will star Seann William Scott and Kate Walsh. The film is about Ted Morgan (Scott), a depressed man who heads back to his hometown to right some wrongs before committing suicide. Walsh will play his sister-in-law Kathleen.
Cox isn’t the first former Friends star to try her hand at something outside the realm of traditional acting. David Schwimmer has also done his share of big screen directing, while Lisa Kudrow created an improvised comedy series called Web Therapy, which aired online until Showtime picked it up in 2011. Matthew Perry also created his own series, the comedy Mr. Sunshine, and recently produced the show Go On (though neither lasted more than one season). Most bizarre of the lot: Matt LeBlanc produced Jonah Hex, and we all know how that turned out (not great).
Finally, there’s Jennifer Aniston, who has mainly done standard acting jobs since Friends, but that seems to be working out pretty well for her. So stick to it Jen.
While this is Cox’s feature directorial debut, she has previously directed episodes of Cougar Town, not to mention the 2012 Lifetime movie Talhotblond. Hello I Must Be Going (which shares a title with an independent dramedy released last year, and as such will probably find itself undergoing a name change) starts filming later this month, so there’s no way to tell yet how it might turn out. But we do know it’s not on Lifetime, so that’s a step in the right direction already.