Daniel Clowes is no stranger to the movies, with his GNs GHOST WORLD and ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL having been produced, and several screenplays under his belt. Now, it looks like his recent hit WILSON may be headed to the screen. Alexander Payne is set to direct with Josh Donen producing for Sam Raimi’s Stars Road shingle.
Payne, not much heard from since the multi-Oscar nominee SIDEWAYS, has a new movie coming out, THE DESCENDANTS, described as “A land baron tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident.” YOU may recall his other fine, fine films: ABOUT SCHMIDT, about a lonely older man who tries to connect with his daughter; and SIDEWAYS, about a lonely middle-aged man who tries to connect with someone.
WILSON, you might recall, is about an awkward, isolated middle-aged man who is desperate to connect with someone, anyone.
Perhaps Payne is just the perfect director for this sort of material.
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