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June 20th, 2018

Alexander Payne to Direct Daniel Clowes Wilson

Besides his hilarious Paris Je Taime contribution, Alexander Payne’s last movie was Sideways, wasn’t it? Well, he’s got The Descendants starring George Clooney (which is not about Milo going to college) and now Deadline is reporting that he’s directing an adaptation of Dan Clowes’ graphic novel Wilson for Fox Searchlight.

Like most Dan Clowes stories, Wilson follows a misanthropic loner. However, this time his hero is a middle-aged man out to reconnect with his estranged ex-wife and teenaged daughter, which seems like familiar territory for Payne (see: Paul Giamatti, Sideways). Dan Clowes will write the script himself.

It’s been a while since we had a Daniel Clowes movie. Despite talk of him adapting Rudy Rucker’s Master of Space and Time (great novel, go read it ASAP) for Michel Gondry and writing a screenplay about those kids who made a shot-for-shot adaptation of Raiders of the Lost Arc, the last actual work of his we’ve seen on screen was Art School Confidential, which disappointed everyone. I’m a big fan of it — the art school parody stuff is all pretty obvious, but it goes to some weird, dark, unexpected places. I find myself returning to¬†Art School every couple of years to remind myself why I like it.

Wilson the comic came out earlier this year, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Still, I can’t wait to see how Dan Clowes material fares with a director that isn’t Terry Zwigoff.


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