Alexander Payne, arguably one of America’s greatest living directors, has signed on to executive produce the whimsical sounding indie pic Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter.
Jim Taylor, who co-wrote Election, Sideways, About Schmidt and Citizen Ruth with Payne, acted likewise.
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter premieres January 20 in competition at the Sundance Film Festival.
The movie centers on the titular Japanese heroine (played by Rinko Kikuchi of Pacific Rim fame) who believes the pile of loot buried in the Coen brother’s Fargo is actually real and ventures to Minnesota in order to find it.
From the distance 'Kumiko' at least structurally bears resemblance to another movie Payne produced: King of California centering on a crazy (and crazily-bearded) on a treasure hunt. The movie sadly didn’t make a dent either critically or commercially.
Here’s hoping a better fate awaits Kumiko.
In Payne we trust!