Paul Dano’s Directorial Debut Will be Adaptation of Richard Ford’s ‘Wildlife’

Paul Dano, Wildlife


Paul Dano is headed to the director’s chair, Variety reported today. The actor, who is known for arthouse flicks like “Youth,” “12 Years a Slave,” and more recently “Swiss Army Man,” will direct a big screen adaptation of Richard Ford’s classic, “Wildlife.”

According to the report, Dano also co-wrote the screenplay with actress Zoe Kazan, who is also executive producing the film. The film is being produced by Alex Saks for June Pictures with Oren Moverman (“Love & Mercy”), Ann Ruark and Dano.

A cast has not been announced for the project, but it is not expected that either Kazan or Dano will star.

An official logline for the film is not available yet, but the book’s synopsis is as follows:

When Joe Brinson was sixteen, his father moved the family to Great Falls, Montana, the setting for this harrowing, transfixing novel by the acclaimed author of Rock Springs. Filled with an abiding sense of love and family, and of the forces that test them to the breaking point, Wildlife is a book whose spare poetry and expansive vision established it as an American classic. 

Dano most recently appeared on the big screen in the Sundance film “Swiss Army Man” alongside Daniel Radcliffe. He is currently filming “Okja,” in which a  young girl named Mija risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja. The film is being directed by Joon-ho Bong and also stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins and Tilda Swinton.

A targeted production schedule for “Wildlife” has not been announced. Stay tuned for more info on the project as it develops.

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Written by Lauren Huff

Lauren Huff is a film and awards geek. When she's not writing about film and the industry, she's drinking coffee, reading mystery novels or hanging out with her husband and stinking-cute puppy. She's reported from the red carpets of Austin Film Festival, SXSW and various film premieres. Her work has appeared in several outlets, including Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Us Weekly and more.

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