Wendy Mitchell
August 10, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Alexander Payne is saying aloha to Hawaii-set family comedy/drama The Descendents, which will be his first film since 2004’s Sideways. Variety reports that Payne is again working with Fox Searchlight on the project, which hasn’t been cast yet. Payne will start shooting The Descendents in Hawaii at the end of this year or early 2010.

Payne is now polishing Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s script, adapted from Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel of the same name. The story follows a wealthy landowner in Hawaii  who searches for his wife’s lover with his daughters, with the aim of keeping the family together. Payne also has satire Downsizing in the pipeline, set to star Paul Giamatti, Sacha Baron Cohen and Reese Witherspoon.

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