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Many years after teaching us to hate Merlot with 2004′s brilliant dark comedy “Sideways,” Alexander Payne is Finally getting his directing mojo back in a big way.

Payne’s next film, the George Clooney-starrer “The Descendants,” is currently being edited for a release next year, after which he’ll most likely tackle the body-miniaturization satire “Downsizing,” but then a third film in a row? You betcha.

Deadline reports the Greek director could tackle geek icon Daniel Clowes’ acclaimed graphic novel “Wilson” about a misanthropic middle-aged divorced dude attempting to reconnect to the human race by reuniting with his ex-wife and their daughter, who was put up for adoption. Between “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Louie,” the “abrasive older man whose marriage has collapsed” sub-genre is at its peak on television, so why not bring the boiling frustration to the big screen?

Payne is no stranger to the world of sad sack curmudgeon-loners, »

- Max Evry

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