Writer-director Alexander Payne has a likely Oscar-contender on his hands with The Descendants, his first movie since 2004′s Sideways. We shouldn’t expect another seven-year absence from Payne since he’s gearing up for an April start date on his next movie, Nebraska. The film will shoot in black-and-white and is searching for a respected veteran actor to play the lead role of an aging alcoholic father.
Empire reports that Payne is already planning his follow-up to Nebraska by adapting Daniel Clowes‘ graphic novel, Wilson. We reported last year that Fox Searchlight had acquired the book as a directing vehicle for Payne. The movie follows “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.” Clowes (Ghost World) wrote the screenplay and the movie will be set in Oakland, California. Hit the jump for a synopsis of Wilson. I haven’t read the book yet, but I’m interested to see anything Payne does. The Descendants opens in limited release on November 16th.