‘Wilson’ Lands At Fox Searchlight With Alexander Payne

EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has made a deal for Wilson, a Dan Clowes-created graphic novel that the author will adapt as a potential directing vehicle for Alexander Payne. Payne’s Ad Hominem will produce with Josh Donen, on behalf of Sam Raimi’s Stars Road. Wilson tells the story of an opinionated middle-aged loner who loves his dog and maybe nobody else and who begins a quest to find human connection with his ex-wife. You know that can’t end well.

Clowes adapted his graphic novel into the Terry Zwigoff-directed Ghost World, and his comic creations include  the anthology Eightball. Clowes turned one of those stories into the 2006 film Art School Confidential, which Zwigoff also directed. Mr. Wonderful, the next graphic novel by Clowes, will be published by Pantheon next April. He’s repped by UTA, Payne by CAA.

Comments (17)

  • Sounds like About Schmidt for the baby boom generation.

    Comment by Wrecktem — Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 12:58pm PST  
  • Great, funny graphic novel. Ideal Paul Giamatti vehicle. (Philip Seymour Hoffman also springs to mind.)

    Comment by Webster — Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 1:31pm PST  
  • huzzah! MUFFINS. alexander is the bee’s knees.

    Comment by stupert — Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 2:11pm PST  
  • this reads BILL MURRAY all over it.

    Comment by scrooged — Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 2:21pm PST  
  • Greenberg and Butthead Do Suburbia

    Comment by bobweaver — Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 2:26pm PST  
  • WOO! COMIC BOOKS RULE!

    Comment by Alex — Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 2:58pm PST  
  • Exactly how many production companies does Sam Raimi have? :D

    Comment by Raimi's one busy guy — Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 3:05pm PST  
  • Bill Murray, Albert Brooks, or Philip Hoffman. I would go with Brooks.

    Comment by stewart — Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 3:19pm PST  
  • Will this movie be animated or live action?

    Comment by Which? — Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 4:01pm PST  
  • YAA RYAN CARROLL!! Best development exec in the biz!!

    Comment by R — Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 5:42pm PST  
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