Montag, März 02, 2009

Alexander Payne betreibt 'Downsizing'

Alexander Payne is putting the finishing touches on a script about little people titled “Downsizing” and has put together a big-name cast.

Paul Giamatti, Sacha Baron Cohen and Reese Witherspoon have all committed to star in the film, which would likely land at Fox Searchlight, where Payne has a first-look deal.

Giamatti and Witherspoon -- who have both previously teamed with the director on “Sideways” and “Election,” respectively -- would play a married couple who are low on money and decide they can have a much nicer life retiring as little people. Witherspoon’s character decides to pull out at the last minute, leaving Giamatti as the sole tiny person in the union.

Cohen is set to take on two characters: a pint-sized Spaniard and his normal-sized twin brother and business partner, though insiders say that since the script is a work in progress, that role may evolve.

There are no deals in place for the three principals, and no negotiations will take place until Payne finishes his screenplay.

Unlike previous Payne pics, “Downsizing” would require considerable special effects and could push the budget out of Searchlight’s realm.

Project marks Payne’s first pic since “Sideways,” which was a Searchlight pic.

Quelle: Variety

Über vier Jahre hat man nichts mehr von ihm gehört, lässt man einmal seinen Beitrag zu Paris, je t'aime außen vor aber jenes neue Projekt Alexander Paynes klingt doch schon einmal vielversprechend, zumal ich Paul Giamatti mag und gerne einmal John Adams sehen möchte. Bleibt nur abzuwarten, wie das Ganze mit den Effekten gelöst wird und ob es dann nicht doch daran scheitern könnte.

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