Alexander Payne Attached To Direct Adaptation Of Daniel Clowes Comic ‘Wilson’

Alexander Payne Attached To Direct Adaptation Of Daniel Clowes Comic 'Wilson'

With Alexander Payne busy finishing up his latest effort “The Descendants” possibly for a Cannes debut, the director is keeping an eye on this potential next gig. Sure, he’s got the high concept comedy “Downsizing” — about a financially struggling man who decides he can have a much nicer life if he undergoes a process to shrink himself to the size of a little person — potentially lined up, but now he’s eyeing an adaptation of an acclaimed graphic novel.

Deadline reports that Fox Searchlight has picked up “Wilson” by the hipster approved Daniel Clowes as a possible vehicle for Payne. The comic “tells the story of an opinionated middle-aged loner who loves his dog and maybe nobody else. He begins a quest to find human connection, badgering friends and strangers into a series of one-sided conversations that get derailed by his brutally honest sense of humor. When his father dies, Wilson is really alone and sets out to find his ex-wife in hopes of rekindling their long dead relationship. In the process, he discovers he has a teen daughter, who was born after the marriage ended and given up for adoption. He becomes determined to reconnect all three of them as a family.”

Certainly, the material fits very comfortably in Payne’s thematic wheelhouse but it remains to be seen if he’ll take the gig. Clowes, who scripted the excellent “Ghost World” and the not-so excellent “Art School Confidential,” will adapt his own work, and we would guess that Payne will give it a look first before committing to anything.

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