Alexander Payne Finds His “Descendants”

“Sideways” and “About Schmidt” director Alexander Payne is set to helm the family dramedy “The Descendants” for Fox Searchlight says Variety.

Based on Kaui Hart Hemmings’ debut novel, the story follows a wealthy landowner who takes his two daughters to Hawaii on a search for his wife’s lover in the hopes of keeping his family together.

Nat Faxon and Jim Rash adapted the script which Payne is polishing. Payne, Jim Burke and Jim Taylor are producing. Filming kicks off on location at the end of the year or early 2010.

Payne is also prepping the social satire “Downsizing” starring Paul Giamatti, Sacha Baron Cohen and Reese Witherspoon. Production will kick off on that once ‘Descendants’ is complete.