ComingSoon.net got a chance to talk to Payne today about Nebraska and we asked him if he would start pre-production on the new project soon. “‘The Judge’s Will’ is a beautiful story I optioned a few months ago,” Payne said. “Why it came to light this week that I optioned it, I have no idea. Somebody showed me an article, ‘Oh, Payne in talks.’ No, Im not! I have no idea what I’m going to do next. Thats all wrong. The curtain of truth is that I optioned that story, but I don’t know when I’m gonna do it.”
Payne’s films are heartfelt, but also very funny. “The Judge’s Will,” however, doesnt seem to have much room for comedy. “Yeah, I don’t know,” he added. “Who knows? I’ve got to write it first! I just thought it was a good jumping off point for a potential future movie.”
The article, which ran just a week before Jhabvala’s death, relates the true story of a judge in Delhi who, in his final days, is forced to finally explain to his wife that a secret mistress will be included in his will. You can read the full story by clicking here.
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