Bravo, Joaquin Phoenix, bravo. After effectively putting himself into the wilderness following the faux/mock-doc "I'm Still Here," he is marking his comeback by choosing a variety of fantastic projects. He's currently filming Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," he's going to reteam with James Gray on the period drama "Low Life," and now he's lined up another outstanding project.
Twitch reports that Phoenix is now attached to star in the gestating untitled project from the duo of Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman. Awesome. The film, backed by Megan Ellison's Annapurna Productions, now has additional support courtesy of Warner Bros. who are providing a home for the film. While it's not quite clear, we presume the former is financing with the studio set to distribute the picture.
Details on the project are still under wraps but it seems as ambitious as their previous collaborations, 1999’s “Being John Malkovich” and 2002’s “Adaptation.” The film was previously reported to be “a satire about how world leaders gather to figure out all the seismic events that will take place in the world, from oil prices to wars that will be waged.” Jonze will direct from a script written by Kaufman.
This likely means that the other project Jonze and Kaufman were shopping around town, “Frank or Francis,” is on the backburner for now. The scathing Hollywood story about the relationship between a film director and an online blogger was looking for financing, but this other project now seems to be off and running.
Damn, what else can we say? Jonze and Kaufman have been away too long, but they are coming back in a blaze of glory. Filming is slated to begin next March.