Amy Poehler, Natasha Lyonne Are Reportedly in Israel to Advance TV Project

The comedians are making a television series based on the Israeli blockbuster 'Zero Motivation.'

Amy Poehler accepts the award for best virtual performance for 'Inside Out' at the MTV Movie Awards, April 9, 2016, in Burbank, Calif.
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Comedians Amy Poehler and Natasha Lyonne are on a secret trip to Israel, Israeli news sites reported Tuesday. 

It appears that the two made the trip to advance a joint project – a television series based on the Israeli blockbuster "Zero Motivation." 

According to the Israeli site Walla! News, the two met with figures involved with the film, including actor Nelly Tagar, director Talya Lavie and producer Eilon Ratzkovsky.

Natasha Lyonne, a cast member in the Netflix series 'Orange is the New Black,' poses at the Paley Center on Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Ratzkovsky refused to confirm the comedians' visit on Tuesday. But Poehler was seen dining at Joz Ve Loz, a Tel Aviv restaurant, the night before.

"Zero Motivation," one of Israel's most successful films in recent decades, has been described as a "zany, dark and comedic portrait of everyday life of young, female Israeli soldiers at a remote desert base who bide their time pushing paper and counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life." 

Like the film, Poehler and Lyonne's TV series will be a comedy drama about women serving in the Israel Defense Forces. It is to be broadcast on BBC America.

Ratzkovsky said in June that Poehler ("Saturday Night Live," "Parks and Recreation) and Lyonne ("Orange is the New Black," "Everyone Says I Love You") bought the film's TV rights after they saw it at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in 2014.