Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Ellen Page And Kate Mara Are 'Tiny Detectives' In Hilarious 'True Detective' Parody Watch: Ellen Page And Kate Mara Are 'Tiny Detectives' In Hilarious 'True Detective' Parody 10 Female Directors Who Deserve More Attention From Hollywood 10 Female Directors Who Deserve More Attention From Hollywood Miles Teller Says Role In 'Divergent' Made Him Feel "Dead Inside," And He Took Movie "For Business Reasons" Miles Teller Says Role In 'Divergent' Made Him Feel "Dead Inside," And He Took Movie "For Business Reasons" First Look At 'The Dying Of The Light,' Paul Schrader Quits Film Over What Nicolas Winding Refn Calls "Artistic Disrespect" First Look At 'The Dying Of The Light,' Paul Schrader Quits Film Over What Nicolas Winding Refn Calls "Artistic Disrespect" New Images From 'Interstellar' Arrive, Christopher Nolan Says The Film Is A "Mirror" Of 'Inception' New Images From 'Interstellar' Arrive, Christopher Nolan Says The Film Is A "Mirror" Of 'Inception' Watch: New Trailer For ‘Kingsman: Secret Service’ Starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson & Taron Egerton Star Watch: New Trailer For ‘Kingsman: Secret Service’ Starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson & Taron Egerton Star Chilly New Banner For Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Explores A Cold New World Chilly New Banner For Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Explores A Cold New World 15 Films That Failed To Hit The 2014 Fall Festival Circuit 15 Films That Failed To Hit The 2014 Fall Festival Circuit Watch: Steven Soderbergh Re-Scores And Changes Steven Spielberg's 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' To Black-And-White Watch: Steven Soderbergh Re-Scores And Changes Steven Spielberg's 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' To Black-And-White Watch: Have A Threesome With Very NSFW Clip From 'Maps To The Stars' With Julianne Moore & John Cusack Watch: Have A Threesome With Very NSFW Clip From 'Maps To The Stars' With Julianne Moore & John Cusack First, Mostly Rave Reviews Arrive For David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' First, Mostly Rave Reviews Arrive For David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Watch: New Hilarious Red-Band Trailer For 'The Interview' Starring Seth Rogen And James Franco Watch: New Hilarious Red-Band Trailer For 'The Interview' Starring Seth Rogen And James Franco Fantastic Fest Review: Hitman Thriller 'John Wick' Starring Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe & Adrianne Palicki Fantastic Fest Review: Hitman Thriller 'John Wick' Starring Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe & Adrianne Palicki 'Deadpool’ Spin-Off With Ryan Reynolds Is Finally Green Lit, Set For A Winter 2016 Release Date 'Deadpool’ Spin-Off With Ryan Reynolds Is Finally Green Lit, Set For A Winter 2016 Release Date 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes

Spike Jonze & Charlie Kaufman Satire May Find Financing With Annapurna Pictures

The Playlist By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist March 1, 2011 at 10:15AM

'Frank & Francis' No Longer At Sony, Seeking A New HomeLook out Harvey Weinstein, there is a young whippersnapper on your heels. Megan Ellison, the woman behind Annapurna Pictures, has been on a buying streak of late, picking up and/or stepping behind esteemed projects that have earned the attention of cinephiles including John Hillcoat's "The Wettest County," Andrew Dominik's "Cogan's Trade" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" and his untitled Scientology project. Now Ellison is circling another project from a celebrated pair of auteurs.
5

'Frank & Francis' No Longer At Sony, Seeking A New Home



Look out Harvey Weinstein, there is a young whippersnapper on your heels. Megan Ellison, the woman behind Annapurna Pictures, has been on a buying streak of late, picking up and/or stepping behind esteemed projects that have earned the attention of cinephiles including John Hillcoat's "The Wettest County," Andrew Dominik's "Cogan's Trade" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" and his untitled Scientology project. Now Ellison is circling another project from a celebrated pair of auteurs.

Deadline reports that Ellison is looking to acquire the untitled film that has been pitched around town for a little while now with Spike Jonze directing the script by Charlie Kaufman. Details on the project this time around are being kept under wraps but it seems as ambitious as their previous collaborations, 1999’s “Being John Malkovich” and 2002’s “Adaptation.” The film is said 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."

It certainly sounds promising but that's not the only comedy that Kaufman has gestating. "Frank Or Francis," previously set up at Sony, is now back in the wild and looking for financing. This time, Kaufman puts the screws to Hollywood as the story concerns "a volatile back and forth between a film director (Frank) and an online blogger (Francis), who takes delight in berating his cinematic talent." Kaufman wrote the script and is hoping to direct as well.

While we admired the scope of "Synecdoche, New York" it was a bit of a miss with both critics and audiences and it's probably a big reason why Kaufman and Jonze are back together; it's probably much easier for the writer to get his script made with someone like Jonze attached rather than trying to go it on his own again. Both projects sound intriguing but given the dodgy history of movies about movies (particularly comedies), "Frank Or Francis" may be a way off yet (though Deadline suggests that names like Meryl Streep are being sought and obviously, that could change things).

It's been far too long without news about new feature projects from either Jonze or Kaufman and we're glad there's fresh movement; we can't wait to see what shape these films will take in the coming weeks and months.

This article is related to: Films, Spike Jonze, Frank Or Francis, Charlie Kaufman


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates