For the past two months or so, almost all of our Charlie Kaufman-based coverage has been centering on his next writing and directing project, Frank or Francis. And, because of this, even a big fan such as yours truly forgets about another, arguably even more exciting film on the way. Directed by Spike Jonze, this one is their take on the world of politics, or “world leaders who converge to understand all the important events that affect the planet, from the price of oil to war.” Starting to sound familiar? Joaquin Phoenix and Carey Mulligan have both had their names mentioned as leads; Megan Ellison will be financing through Annapurna Pictures, too.
With that little exposition out of the way, I can tell you about Deadline‘s brief (but encouraging) report, which says that Mulligan, Samantha Morton (who starred for Kaufman in Synecdoche, New York), and Amy Adams are all “in discussions” for the project — which, sorry, we still don’t know any more about.
Still! Despite a lack of anything all too concrete, this is, as you’ll probably agree, some of the best news that we could get on the project. (It’s a little similar to recent Frank or Francis news — in the sense that we’re reminded of its mere existence through promising casting.) Production may or may not still be on track for spring, so be sure to check back here for any pending updates when they come. In the meantime, start getting excited again.
Are you happy to hear this update? What do you think of these three as potential stars? Have you been keeping track of the latest collaboration between Jonze and Kaufman?
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