Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Alexander Payne & George Clooney team up for The Descendants


George Clooney & director Alexander Payne have teamed up for Payne's latest film, The Descendants, an adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings' tragicomic novel of the same name.



The premise is simple - 'a land baron tries to connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident' (thanks, IMDB.com) - but the combination of Clooney, Payne, tragicomedy & distributor Fox Searchlight promises very good things indeed.


Clooney is on a winning career-streak where he can do almost no wrong, Payne's films (Citizen Ruth, Election, About Schmidt, Sideways & his glorious 5 minute segment 14e Arrondissement in Paris, Je t'Aime) have gone from excellent to flawless, and never fail to deliver pitch perfect, heavily flawed characters & a perfect balance of challenging drama & insanely funny entertainment (depending on what mood you're in).

Fox Searchlight has a knack for picking winners lately (Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, Slumdog Millionaire...) so keep your eyes on this one.

Short teaser clip: