Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Save up to 70%
Empire
Film Studies 101
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Trailer Smashes In
'Do you bleed?'
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
14 April 2015
Second Trailer For Brian Wilson Biopic Love & Mercy
Paul Dano and John Cusack are the Beach Boy
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Straight Outta Compton
15 August 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Inherent Vice (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Wild (2015)
Empire Star Rating
The Congress (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Devil's Knot (2014)
Empire Star Rating
12 Years A Slave (2014)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Alexander Payne Goes For Downsizing
With Witherspoon, Giamatti & Baron Cohen

03 March 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

submit to reddit

Why, it's enough to bring a tear to the eye: Alexander Payne is reuniting with his Sideways star Paul Giamatti and his Election star Reese Witherspoon for Downsizing, a story about people shrinking in size. And then they're adding in Sacha Baron Cohen for good measure. Think  Honey, I Shrunk The Kids but for grown-ups.

The plot sees Giamatti play a man low on money who decides that life would be a lot cheaper and easier if he underwent a procedure to shrink himself. Travelling through life as a tiny person, he meets a girl (Witherspoon) and a pint-sized foreigner (Baron Cohen).

But things are not locked in yet: Payne is still finishing work on the screenplay, along with writing partner Jim Taylor, and won't conclude his cast's deals until that's done. He's hoping to shoot the film with Fox Searchlight, but the special effects required may push the budget out of their realm. So things are tentative now, but promising. Let's hope this happens.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Generation Kill: Exclusive Clip
The Wire goes off to war
New Terminator Salvation Trailer Online
Cue gravelly voice...

Your Comments

Witherspoon's a babe
Stating the obvious, i know, but these things need to be said More

Posted by shanewire at 11:19 on 03 March 2009 | Report This Post

Helen, Helen, Helen
I've read two articles of yours in quick succession and not an asterisk in sight! And what is this sudden trend for auteurs to embrace green screen? Scorcese touched on it with Aviator, we've had Fincher with his curious case, Malick is dabbling with dinosaurs, and now this. Colour me befuddled. More

Posted by inkedbeatnik at 10:56 on 03 March 2009 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The 15 Most Controversial Alternate Endings
How some of your favourite films could have finished...

80 Of The Best Movie Star Adverts
From Sly Stallone selling bread to Hugh Jackman dancing for Ice Tea

Showrunner Matthew Weiner Reveals 7 Mad Men Secrets
The truth about The Beatles and that lawnmower

New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Breakdown
Everything you need to know about the second teaser

Podcast #157: Alan Rickman
From A Little Chaos to Die Hard and back again

From Hell! 22 Stalker Psychodramas
From fatal attractions to single white females

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon On The Town That Dreaded Sundown
The American Horror Story director on his cult slasher remake

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Subscribe now and save up to 70%

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe now and save up to 70%
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)