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Rex Pickett

Rex Pickett

Director, Playwright, Screenwriter and Other

La Jolla, California

Member Since:
November 2011
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About Rex

I'm the author of "Sideways," the novel upon which the Oscar-winning Alexander Payne film was based. My new novel "Vertical" is the sequel and has been available for over a year now. I'm currently in NYC involved with casting my "Sideways" (the play). We had a phenomenal run at the tiny Ruskin Group Theater and are now going to the La Jolla Playhouse with 3-time Tony winner Des McAnuff ("Jersey Boys"). We open 7/21.


  • Saidoweizu

    Saidoweizu (2009)
    Film by Cellin Gluck (Drama) Writer A middle-aged Japanese man travels to California to attend the wedding of his American-based friend. Prior to the big event, they take one last trip to Napa Valley, where they taste wine, dally with romance.

  • Sideways

    Sideways (2004)
    Film by Alexander Payne (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Writer Miles is a failed writer living a meager existence in San Diego as an English teacher. With his career seemingly fading and the fate of a book hinging on a publisher's decision, Miles is depressed with himself and what he hasn't achieved. Jack is a television actor whom some recognize but not many do, as if he were a minor actor who got a taste of success. With his best friend Miles, the two embark on a road trip through California's wine country. Miles wants to give his friend a nice sendoff before married life, while Jack simply wants to have a fling beforehand. As they're both nearing middle age with not much to show for it, the two will explore the vineyards while ultimately searching for their identities. Written by mystic80

  • "Sideways"

    "Sideways" (2004)
    Film by Fox Searchlight / Alexander Payne Novelist

  • "My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York"

    "My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York" (2000)
    Film by Kickstart Prods. / Barbara Schock Screenwriter (sole)

  • My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York

    My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York (1998)
    Film by Barbara Schock (Short) Writer A widowed Midwestern housewife travels to Manhattan for the first time to visit her daughter. Once there, she becomes obsessed with the Hell's Angels-ish bikers' club across the street from her daughter's East Village apartment.

  • From Hollywood to Deadwood

    From Hollywood to Deadwood (1988)
    Film by Rex Pickett (Crime and Mystery) Writer Two loser detectives need to score a case or give it up. Finding a missing starlet leaving a trail of blackmail and murder may be too much for them.

  • California Without End

    California Without End (1984)
    Film by Rex Pickett (Drama) Writer


  • 2005 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, based on my novel)

  • 2000 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short


  • USC

  • Universit of California at San Diego (UCSD)

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