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Exclusive: Alexander Payne On For Wilson
And Nebraska will get a new title

09 November 2011  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

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Exclusive: Alexander Payne On For Wilson

Oscar-tipped comedy-drama The Descendants marks a very welcome return from Alexander Payne. It's his first directorial gig since Sideways, almost eight years back, a slight return from one of our favourite filmmakers. So the obvious, if tongue-in-cheek question to ask when Empire caught up with him was would he please make some more films? "Working on it!" Payne joked. "I wish now to swing now from film to film like a monkey to monkey from branch to branch."

The first monkey swing takes him back to his old Midwestern stomping ground and Nebraska. According to Payne, it's likely to get a new name (the film, not the state) and casting news can't be too far off either, with filming due to start in April. Payne plans to shoot in black-and-white and is looking to find a veteran of iconic standing to play the aging alcoholic dad at the centre of the story. The currently-retired Gene Hackman and Robert Forster, so good in The Descendants, are two names to have been mentioned.

Payne plans to crack straight on after that - heading back to California for his first comic-book adaptation, WilsonAs Empire reported a whiles back, Paynes's production company, Ad Hominen, has been working to bring Dan 'Ghost World' Clowes' comic book to the big screen. Payne confirmed that it's still beeping across his radar: "[Daniel] has adapted his own graphic novel for me and we're going to set it in Oakland, California."  

Wilson is a middle-aged misanthrope who's left floundering after the death of his father and tries to reconnect with his ex-wife and the teenager daughter he's never known. But who to play him? Post your casting ideas below.


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Also saw The Descendants recently
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The Descendants..
I saw a preview of the Descendants in Boston on Monday night and I was more than a little disappointed. Clooney carries the film for sure, looking old and ragged as he toils with his young daughters, but I couldn't help but feel that the film had been rather slapped together. It's main issue is that it doesn't really know what it's trying to be, sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, sometimes touching but not enough of either component to make you really care for the characters. Will be interested More

Posted by flando at 18:10 on 09 November 2011 | Report This Post

The Descendants..
I saw a preview of the Descendants in Boston on Monday night and I was more than a little disappointed. Clooney carries the film for sure, looking old and ragged as he toils with his young daughters, but I couldn't help but feel that the film had been rather slapped together. It's main issue is that it doesn't really know what it's trying to be, sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, sometimes touching but not enough of either component to make you really care for the characters. Will be interested More

Posted by flando at 17:42 on 09 November 2011 | Report This Post

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Dare I suggest Paul Giamatti - sounds perfect for him! More

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Dare I suggest Paul Giamatti - sounds perfect for him! More

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