Fox Searchlight Adapting 'Wilson' for Alexander Payne to Direct
No, no, this isn't the memoirs of a lonely beach volleyball trapped on an island with Chuck Noland, this is a much different story. Deadline reports that Fox Searchlight has made a deal to adapt a graphic novel called Wilson written by Dan Clowes, published this year. Interested in directing is none other than Alexander Payne, the filmmaker behind Election, About Schmidt, Sideways and the upcoming film The Descendants, though he's not fully signed on yet. I haven't read the graphic novel, but it sounds like an immensely tragic story of an "opinionated middle-aged loner who loves his dog and maybe nobody else." This sounds gloomy.
The story follows Wilson as 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 tries to find his ex-wife in hopes of rekindling their 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. It was one of nine Amazon Best Books of the Month earlier this year. One of Clowes' other stories was the basis of the indie flick Art School Confidential. This seems like an interesting adaptation, we'll be sure to keep an eye out for it as it develops.