Meg Ryan to direct "Ithaca"

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This story brings romance and courtship into the electronic age of the World Wide Web via e-mail and chat rooms. Joe Fox (Hanks) and Kathleen Kelly (Ryan) live and work blocks from each other on New York City's Upper West Side. Their lives are practically intertwined. They both shop at the same place, frequent the same coffee shop, and even own competing bookstores on the same street. They also both have significant others of their own. Joe has the overly hyper book editor Patricia Eden (Parker Posey), while Kathleen lives with the scholarly newspaper columnist Frank Navasky (Greg Kinnear). Then they meet in a chat room. Though they keep their identities secret (they're known only by screen names "NY152" and "Shopgirl"), they tell each other everything about their lives, including their private feelings, which slowly turn into affection for each other. When Joe decides to open a new branch of his "Foxbooks" chain that risks putting Kathleen's "Shop Around the Corner" out of business, the tension between them escalates. Surely her boutique business will be lost to the conglomerate with a built-in newsstand and coffee bar. When Joe sees Kathleen waiting for him in the restaurant where they agreed to meet up, he puts two and two together, but cannot face her, given their agreement not to reveal each others' names and professions. How can he reveal himself to her now, knowing that he is the cause of her misery?
January 30th, 2014

Meg Ryan will direct 'Ithaca'.

The 52-year-old actress is excited to make her directorial debut with the an adaptation of William Saroyan 1943 novel 'The Human Comedy'.

Ryan has been quoted saying: '''Ithaca' is a deceptively simple story, by turns stark and lyrical. It's sometimes shockingly unsentimental and yet, by some little miracle, never cynical. I am delighted to no end to bring a tale of such vibrancy and heart to the screen.''

The blonde beauty will also star in the forthcoming film alongside Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith, and her 21-year-old son Jack Quaid - who she had with actor Dennis Quaid.

Ryan will team up with pal and fellow star Tom Hanks - who she previously worked with on 1993's 'Sleepless In Seattle' and 1998's 'You've Got Mail' - who is executive producer with his production company Playtone partner Gary Goetzman.

'The Human Comedy' is about a telegram delivery boy in America during World War II who sends a range of messages to a number of people and witnesses the impact these have.