The film adaptation of Daniel Clowes‘ “Wilson” looks to be taking shape, with THR reporting that Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern are in negotiations to co-star. Craig Johnson, of last year’s family dramedy “The Skeleton Twins,” is on board to direct. The film is slated to start production this June in Minneapolis.
Released in 2010, “Wilson” tells the story of a middle-age man (Harrelson) who attempts to reconcile with his ex-wife (Dern) following the death of his father. “Wilson” is set to be the third film based on a work by Clowes, following 2001’s “Ghost World” and 2006’s “Art School Confidential.” The famed cartoonist wrote the screenplay for “Wilson,” as he did for the previous two films.
Alexander Payne, who has been attached to the film since 2010 and at one point was reported to potentially direct, will produce along with Jim Taylor and Jim Burke, of Payne’s production company Ad Hominem Enterprises. “Spider-Man” and “Evil Dead” vet Sam Raimi is also on board as a producer.
Harrelson and Dern are both Hollywood veterans fresh from critically acclaimed gigs — Harrelson was an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for his co-headlining role on the first season of HBO’s “True Detective,” and Dern as a supporting player in “Wild,” which earned her an Oscar nomination.
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