Steve Carell, Jack Black & Nicolas Cage Join Charlie Kaufman's Next
The last we heard anything about a new project from writer/director Charlie Kaufman was his forthcoming reunion with director Spike Jonze for some kind of indie satire. However, it sounds like Kaufman's gestating show business based film Frank or Francis will take off first after landing at Sony last year. In addition, Deadline reports that the film will star Steve Carell and Jack Black have joined the cast, and the film will reunite the Adaptation writer with that film's star Nicolas Cage. Considering this will be Kaufman's sophomore effort as a director following the fantastic Synecdoche, New York, I'm excited.
Though Deadline seems to be clueless on the story details, we know better, as previous reports have pegged the film to follow a volatile back and forth between a film director (Frank) and an online blogger (Francis), who takes delight in berating his cinematic talent. However, we're not sure which actor is taking which role yet. I'd bet that Black would play the blogger, and if he would face-off with Cage, that would be just fantastic. All I know is that Kaufman's record as a writer is flawless, and his directorial debut just left me wanting more from the surreal filmmaker. With a cast like this, I can't wait to see how the film turns out. Stay tuned as the project develops.