“DESCENDANTS’ EXECS SCOUT HI FOR EARLY 2010 FILMING

“DESCENDANTS’ EXECS SCOUT HI FOR EARLY 2010 FILMING

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PRODUCTION UPDATE: Director Alexander Payne (Sideways) and executives from Fox Searchlight have been scouting Hawaii for about seven days in preparation for an “early 2010” filming of  The Descendants on Oahu and possibly the Neighbor Islands, especially Kauai where part of the story takes place…Payne (above) has told his production team that the filming will start at the beginning of 2010.

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Payne, who is rewriting the screenplay, returned to Los Angeles yesterday…The book The Descendants is written by Oahu resident Kaui Hart Hemming (right), step daughter of state legislator Fred Hemmings...

74617_hemmings_kaui_hartThe production could be in Hawaii for 18 weeks, including eight weeks of pre production and 10 weeks filming, Los Angeles sources familiar with the deal said. Preproduction is expected to begin late this year, sources said….

Some interior shots may be done in Los Angeles. That will be decided while the filming is occurring in Hawaii, sources said. The Descendants’ budget is about $20 million. Payne and Fox Searchlight execs reportedly are wooing a major A-list actor for the role. The Descendants was going to film in Hawaii this year but producers and Payne decided to wait until 2010 when the actor they hope will star in the movie will be available, the sources said…That timeframe was not affected by the number of productions hoping to film on Oahu this year and the possible thin ranks of local crew…”It’s all actor availability,” a source said…

While on Oahu the visiting Payne and production executives met with Honolulu Film Commissioner Walea Constaninau, said sources not associated with either the state or county film offices…

It will be Payne’s first directing since his acclaimed Sideways…Fox Searchlight bought the rights to Hemmings’ novel in ’07 for Payne to produce. Set in Hawaii, The Descendants is described as an unconventional family drama that tells the story of a newly widowed father – the descendant of landowners and one of the richest men on Oahu — who takes off with his two rebellious daughters to track down his wife’s lover on Kauai…

Nat Faxon and Jim Rash adapted the script which Payne is now polishing…

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2 thoughts on ““DESCENDANTS’ EXECS SCOUT HI FOR EARLY 2010 FILMING

  1. I would like to know exactly where in Oahu will the film the decendents be filmed? How much time will George Clooney spend in Hawaii?

  2. I would like to know exactly where the decendants in Oahu will be filmed? How much time will George Clooney spend in Hawaii making the defendants?

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