Can a man and a woman really just be friends? That’s the age-old question explored in the 1989 classic “When Harry Met Sally.” . . Chronicling the hilariously heartwarming, years-long relationship between dark cynical Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and meticulously eccentric Sally Albright (Meg Ryan), the Rob Reiner/Nora Ephron hit answers the question with a “no.” ! resounding, thrilling. the audience in the process as the duo dynamic ends or will not end in one of the most romantic scenes to ever grace the big screen. More than three decades after its release, the film is still considered one of the best romantic comedies of all time.
So when Hollywood multi-threat Ali Wong mentioned in a 2016 New Yorker interview that she and longtime friend and collaborator Randall Park, whom she first met in the late ’90s via UCLA’s LCC Theater Company, had toyed with writing their own version of the beloved movie, It Set the Internet on Fire! Vulture’s Jackson McHenry quickly reinforced the idea with an article titled “Dear Hollywood, please do Ali Wong and Randall Park’s Dream Rom-Com.” The play sparked even more excitement for the project, prompting the two comedians to sit down and write the script, along with co-screenwriter Michael Golamco. Netflix then signed on to support it and in May 2018, “Always Be My Maybe” was in production, with “Fresh Off the Boat” creator Nahnatchka Khan at the helm. A fresh, witty, and warm take on the classic film, the film hit the streamer the following year with countless accolades and has remained a viewer favorite ever since.
The reimagined film centers on Los Angeles-based celebrity chef Sasha Tran (Wong) and his childhood best friend, Marcus Kim (Park), who grew up next to each other in San Francisco. Once inseparable, the two part ways after a disastrous one-night stand at the end of high school, only to reconnect 16 years later when hugely successful Sasha returns to her hometown for a two-month stint to open her new “trans-denominational modern Vietnamese fusion restaurant, Saintly Fare. As sparks begin to fly again, the two former friends re-examine what they want out of life and relationships.
Although set in San Francisco, where Wong grew up, very few films were filmed there. For budgetary reasons, the bulk of the film was instead filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, or “Hollywood North” as it is now known thanks to the many tax credits and financial incentives the city offers to crews. filming that transformed it. in a massive production center.