"We are just about 10 million dollars shy of the cost to make it, so if anyone out there reading this can scrape together a cool 10 mil, this thing can happen," Black told Vulture. And while that's probably the catering budget on blockbuster movies, for a risky, high concept movie the likes of which can only be dreamed up by Kaufman, that probably represents a significant amount of the money they need to make it happen.
If/when it gets made, and provided it keeps the same cast, "Frank or Francis" will feature Carell as Frank, a pretentious charlatan of a filmmaker and Black will play Francis, his nemesis in the form of an online commenter who tears down the director at every turn. Cage was set to play Alan Modell, a fat-suit-wearing comedian who is also known as The Emcee due to his Oscar-hosting duties, with Kline playing two roles: Richard Waller, the brother of filmmaker Jonathan Waller, who directed a hit epic called “Hiroshima” that failed to win Best Picture, and the voice of Richard’s Head, the superwiz computer-brain programmed to write hit screenplays. You can read a full breakdown of the script right here.
"I wish that it would fucking happen, but I think it is a little too expensive for how ambitious it is. It is a very surreal and dark look at Hollywood," Black said, summing up our feelings on the matter. So, can someone swoop in and rescue this? Let's hope so.