Spike Jonze & Charlie Kaufman Reuniting for New Secret Project

December 16, 2010
Source: 24 Frames

Jonze / Kaufman

Since the two have collaborated so well on mind-bending films like Adaptation and Being John Malkovich, it's pretty damn good to hear from 24 Frames that writer Charlie Kaufman and director Spike Jonze are looking to work together again. The duo are currently shopping around a new pitch (there is no script yet), but the plot is being kept under tight wraps. As of now, the project is being taken to independent financiers in hopes of getting the production off the ground first. Since Kaufman and Jonze don't really have anything officially lined up as their next projects, a reunion of these two brilliant cinematic minds is quite exciting.

As far as we know, Kaufman has otherwise been working on a script called Frank or Francis that had been set up at Sony, but it doesn't sound like this new project is the same. Still, that project sounds just as meta as his previous projects as it follows a director embraced for broadly commercial hits resents his success and wants to be considered an auteur and artiste. Apparently the project acts as a Hollywood satire in the form of a musical. That sounds pretty damn great, so hopefully we'll see that at some point. As for this unknown new team-up goes, we'll keep you posted as more information becomes available. Anyone else excited?

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Kaufman is the most influential and important screenwriter of this generation. So yes, I'm pretty damn excited.

samir on Dec 16, 2010


"Frank or Francis ... it follows a director embraced for broadly commercial hits resents his success and wants to be considered an auteur and artiste." So is this a direct remake of Preston Sturges Sullivan's Travels or just 'inspired' by it because it sounds basically the same: "A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about Life...which gives him a rude awakening." Nice piece of trivia - the director character, Sullivan, wants to make a socially responsible film called: O' Brother, Where Art Thou?

Bogart on Dec 16, 2010

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