Daniel Clowes Adapting ‘Wilson’ For Alexander Payne

The Wolverine” director Darren Aronofsky’s decision to sign a two-year deal with 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight isn’t the only significant move that Fox is making in the comic book scene this week.

According to Deadline, an adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel “Wilson” is currently in development at Fox Searchlight with Alexander Payne being eyed as a potential director for the project. Payne’s Ad Hominem is producing with Josh Donen on behalf of Sam Raimi’s Star Road. Clowes himself is adapting “Wilson” for the big screen.

“Wilson,” which was published by Drawn and Quarterly earlier this year, focuses on Wilson, an opinionated middle-aged loner who loves his dog but lacks any other major emotional connections, certainly not to other humans. In an effort to change his outlook on mankind, Wilson attempts to reach out and connect with other individuals.

But when his father dies, Wilson’s sense of loneliness is only heightened further, leading the man to attempt to reconnect with his ex-wife and discovering that he has a secret teenage daughter that was given up for adoption. It’s up to Wilson to reconnect himself and his ex-wife with their daughter — a mission that’s sure to end in failure.

“Wilson” won’t be the first time that Clowes has gone from cartoonist to self-adapting screenwriter. The writer famously adapted his very own “Ghost World” into a 2000 film of the same name alongside director Terry Zwigoff, as well as “Art School Confidential” in 2006, also for Zwigoff.

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