Monday, December 20, 2010

New Spike Jonze/Charlie Kaufman Collaboration

Reports are from Screenrant that acclaimed auteurs Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman are collaborating again for an upcoming project - their first since the wonderful Adaptation back in 2002. As two of the more original, unconventional and self indulgent filmmakers in the industry, this is sure to be exciting news for film buffs. The pair have previously worked together on Being John Malkovich (1999), where Jonze received an Oscar nomination for Best Director, and Kaufman for Best Original Screenplay, and Adaptation (2002), where Kaufman received another nomination for his work, this time for Adapted Screenplay (odd?). Since then, two of Kaufman's screenplays have been transformed into outstanding films; firstly Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), directed by Michel Gondry, and secondly Synechdoche, New York (2008), which Kaufman directed himself. Jonze has since directed the well acclaimed adaptation of Maurice Sendak's beloved child novel, Where the Wild Things Are (which was one of the best films of 2009). The details of the project aren't known yet, but news is that the pair are shopping their pitch to independent financiers. I'll have to keep an eye and ear out for more info.

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