Deadline is reporting that Netflix has nabbed the rights to Alexander Payne’s next, as-yet-untitled film. The streamer will both finance and distribute the movie, which is the filmmaker’s follow-up to the ambitious if somewhat underwhelming sci-fi comedy “Downsizing.” The film will star Mads Mikkelsen in what Deadline describes as “a father/daughter story about a Danish journalist who takes a road-trip with his teenage daughter across the U.S. as he writes a story for a newspaper.” This checks out, Payne does love a good road trip movie and it sounds like his typical mixture of broad comedy and lots of heart.
Apparently shooting starts next month in Sweden, Denmark and the U.S. Several studios bid on the project but Netflix ultimately won out. It was thought that Payne’s next film would be “The Menu,” a dark horror-comedy that was set to star Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes, although that seems to be postponed for the moment (Stone is in London filming “Cruella” currently).
Although he’s had some ups and downs, whatever Payne does, we’re excited for.