Steve Carell, Jack Black & Nicolas Cage Join Charlie Kaufman's Next

July 22, 2011
Source: Deadline

Steve Carell and Jack Black

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.

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Reader Feedback - 3 Comments


What kind of alternate universe am I living in that allows Nicolas Cage to get consistent work?

Tyler Morgan on Jul 22, 2011


The kind of alternate universe where Nick Cage owes tens of millions in various debts and loans, and a result of this is that he will take literally anything offered to him, for any money. But that's what happens when you buy a Scottish castle and fill it with one of the largest privately held comic collections in the world, all bought on credit. Plus his wig budget, which must be fucking huge.

Lebowski on Jul 23, 2011


I love Nic Cage.  Yeah he's made some bad movies but who hasn't?  He's also made some great movies. 

Brian Ricci Movie Review on Jul 23, 2011

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