Nebraska Gets Star Talk & Budget Cuts

Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall, Robert Forster and Jack Nicholson are said to all be on the short list for Alexander Payne’s next project “Nebraska” at Paramount Pictures reports Vulture.

Payne’s film follows a “geriatric gin-hound of a dad” who takes his estranged son with him from Montana to Publisher’s Clearing House headquarters – with a detour through Omaha, Nebraska – in order to claim a million-dollar sweepstakes prize.

Payne was casting the project back in August with plans to shoot next April. However when it was revealed he wanted to shoot the film entirely in black-and-white, the studio pulled the film’s $20 million budget.

Payne has now won the battle to keep the film in black-and-white but only after agreeing to a much smaller ($10 million) budget and securing a big-name actor to play the father.

Payne’s upcoming George Clooney-led “The Descendants” is considered one of, if not the front runner for the upcoming awards season.