Elizabeth Banks Says Charlie Kaufman's 'Frank or Francis' Fell Apart
Fans of Charlie Kaufman, prepare to be disappointed. The screenwriter and filmmaker behind projects like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Synecdoche, New York was hard at work trying to bring together funding for a new directorial project called Frank or Francis, which has an insane cast featuring Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nic Cage, Kevin Kline, Catherine Keener, and Elizabeth Banks. The musical story follows a director who gets in a tiff with a movie blogger who criticizes his work, but now potential star Elizabeth Banks tells Moviefone that the project "fell apart." But don't worry, there's still hope. Read on!
Here's the full quote from Banks:
"We didn’t get to shoot that movie. It was ready to go, and, as many movies do, it fell apart at the last minute...I really want to work with Charlie Kaufman, I would do anything with him. I really hope it comes together."
Kevin Kline also seemed bummed that the film couldn't crystallize in a timely fashion, revealing that they had to keep moving the start date back because of financing issues. But fear not, this project hasn't been abandoned completely, but instead just delayed for an indefinite amount of time. Kaufman's a busy guy these days, what with his brand new adaptation of the young adult series Chaos Walking in the works. It seems like a studio-mandated project like that would have a much more strict timetable than a musical Hollywood satire passion project, despite the fact that we all want to see Frank or Francis much more than another young adult book brought to screen.
Since funding is apparently an issue, perhaps Megan Ellison, the billionaire ringleader of Annapurna Pictures who regularly gives new life to independent projects with auteur directors, would consider throwing some cash toward this movie. It would make sense, considering she's already funding Kaufman's secret reunion project with director Spike Jonze. I'm hoping Kaufman can get everything together and keep this project alive, because frankly (no pun intended) it sounds too cool to fall by the wayside.