Payne Directing Sideways at Fox Searlight
Director Alexander Payne will next direct Sideways at Fox Searchlight. The ensemble comedy will begin shooting around the wineries of Santa Ynez in mid-September.
Screenwriter Rex Pickett wrote Sideways as a novel, which will be published next year by St. Martin's Press. Payne wrote the script with Jim Taylor, his writing partner on About Schmidt, Election and Citizen Ruth.
Paul Giamatti and Sandra Oh are attached to star in the film in which the main characters are a writer and a washed-up actor who is about to get married. To salute what remains of their youth, they get lost in wine country on a weeklong vacation. Trouble ensues as the pair come to terms with maturity.
Giamatti will play the writer, Oh, who is married to Payne, will play one of the women orbiting the frolicking duo.