Look for my new Reader cover story on Alexander Payne and his film, “The Descendants,” starring George Clooney. It was shot entirely in Hawaii this past spring. This issue should be out on the stands tonight or tomorrow — that is, June 23rd or 24th. If you’re not in Omaha, you can find the story on the Reader website, http://www.thereadercom, by late June 24 or early June 25.
The film’s seriocomic story is set in Hawaii. Kaui Hart Hemmings, the author of the same-titled book upon which the movie is based, lives there and she was a big help to Payne in nailing Hawaii details. Her novel by the way is a great read. Payne’s script is quite faithful to her work.
The movie likely won’t be out until 2011, but because it stars Clooney and because this is Payne’s first feature since “Sideways,” there is great anticipation about it. Look for another cover story about the project around the time the film hits theaters.