Rex Pickett is the critically-acclaimed author of the novel Sideways, which was adapted into the iconic, award-winning feature film directed by Alexander Payne. Sideways won over 350 plaudits from various critics and film organizations, received five Academy Award nominations and won for Best Adapted Screenplay, received seven Golden Globe nominations and won for Best Screenplay and Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), and undeniably changed the wine world forever.
Rex is the author of two Sideways sequels – the IPPY Gold Medal award-winning Vertical, and Sideways Chile. His novel The Archivist was published in the fall of 2021 by Blackstone Publishing, and was immediately featured on the New York Times “16 New Books Coming in November.”
Rex is also the screenwriter of My Mother Dreams the Satan’s Disciples in New York, which captured the 2000 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short, making Rex, technically, a two-time Oscar-winning writer.
Additionally, Rex has written and staged his Sideways play four times, the most prominent being with three-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) directing in a record-setting run at the La Jolla Playhouse. He also wrote the Book and the Lyrics for Sideways the musical with composer/lyricist Anthony Leigh Adams.
Rex’s New York Times bestselling novel Sideways is now available in hardcover for the first time as well as Sideways Chile (due in April 2023). Rex just returned from New Zealand where he researched and wrote Sideways NZ: The Road Back. It has an anticipated release date of late 2023/early 2024.
A southern California native, Rex has written/directed two indie feature films, and his Rex Pickett Papers are currently enshrined at Geisel Library in their Special Collections & Archives on the campus of his alma mater, the University of California, San Diego. Rex hopes to continue the adventures of Sideways‘s iconic characters in other notable wine regions across the globe.