It’s been nearly a decade since we last had a Spike Jonze/Charlie Kaufman collaboration. That film was Adaptation starring Academy Award winners Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper (Cooper won for his supporting role in the film). The time apart from one another has seen Jonze direct a number of short features and music videos, produce the box office hit Jackass 3-D, and write and direct the 2009 release Where the Wild Things Are. As for Kaufman, he wrote the screenplay for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and he did double duty on Synecdoche, New York serving as both writer and director.
Now comes word that Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures shingle is in negotiations to acquire an untitled satire that will re-team Kaufman and Jonze. According to Deadline, a satire revolves around world leaders who gather to figure out all the seismic events that will take place in the worlds, from oil prices to wars that will be waged.
Ellison, the daughter of Oracle founder Larry Ellison and sister of Paramount-based financier-producer David Ellison, has become quite a conossieur of film projects, having purchased The Wettest County in the World and Cogan’s Trade. She also served in a executive producer capacity on Joel and Ethan Coen’s True Grit, a recent Best Picture Oscar nominee.
Tags: Charlie Kaufman, Cogan's Trade, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze