by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Dan Clowes, probably best known as the creator of the comic book Ghost World which was also adapted into a film, will have another of his works hit the big screen. The author’s graphic novel Wilson will be hitting theaters sometime in the near future. And early word is that the cast is pretty impressive.
Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern are apparently in talks to star in the film and The Skeleton Twins director Craig Johnson is set to direct according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The story centers on a middle-aged man (Harrelson) who seeks out his drug abusing ex-wife (Dern) to try and reconnect after his dad dies. When he hears about her having a teenage daughter that was born after their divorce he tries to force them all to join him in what could be his last chance at having a family.
Clowes is known for taking the quirky and extremely out-there and showing us the heart underneath. And Johnson has proven with The Skeleton Twins that he can do outside-the-box style family dramas and interject real warmth and a sense of togetherness.
This seems like a match made in heaven. I absolutely loved The Skeleton Twins. I thought it was the best work I’d seen yet from Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader. After American Splendor, Ghost World is one of my favorite independent comic book movie adaptations.
Besides writing the source material, Clowes will also be scripting the film.
Shooting is looking to start this June in Minneapolis.