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The BEING JOHN MALKOVICH/ADAPTATION Team Of Charlie Kaufman And Spike Jonze Returns!!

I am Hercules!!

Director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, the fellows behind 1999's “Being John Malkovich” and 2002's "Adaptation" are finally reteaming for a third big-screen project.

Deadline describes it:

… a satire about how world leaders gather to figure out all the seismic events that will take place in the worlds, from oil prices to wars that will be waged.

The worlds! I can’t get enough of Kaufman’s comic genius and the fact that he’s reteaming with the director of arguably his best work is fabulous news indeed.

Kaufman’s other prior credits include “Get A Life,” “Human Nature,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Synecdoche, New York.”

Jonze’s other prior credits include “Jackass” and “Where The Wild Things Are.”

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  • March 1, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST


    by tripleslap


  • March 1, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Hey Malkovich think fast!

    by Grace_Panda

    he was also very good in that movie about the diamond thief!

  • March 1, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Yes, please.

    by Chocolate_Giddyup

    Please, sir, I'd like some more of dat!

  • March 1, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    This sounds awesome.

    by JTStarkiller

    I'll be there.

  • This sounds like it could be a thriller. Of global proportions. *snicker*

  • March 1, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Dr. Strangelove part 2

    by krod

  • March 1, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    I'm expecting brilliance from this collaboration.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • March 1, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST

    ugh, sounds like this is going to be a lefty-lib wankfest

    by Andy Pandy

    count me out

  • March 1, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Clive Barker Story

    by mrbagwell

    Didn't Clive Barker write a story about this years ago? Something about world leaders making decisons by watching frogs race or jump over each other or something. I read it a long time ago and don't remember the details.

  • March 1, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    This reminds me of

    by Nordling

    the Clive Barker short story with the racing frogs. Edit to say well done mrbagwell!

  • March 1, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST


    by blackwood

    Big fan. Consider me excited.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    I'm In, they haven't disappointed yet

    by Monolith_Jones

  • March 1, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST

    What the others have said

    by -Halfscan-

    Kaufman and Jonze have my trust and money, no trailer or hype needed, ass in seat opening day.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    d.vader, I think the horror movie evolved into SYNECDOCHE, NY

    by CountryBoy

    Seriously -- if I remember correctly, Kaufman said they were trying to think of the most horrific things they could, and they thought just getting old, facing sickness and loneliness and death, was it. As they focused on that, the story shifted into what became SYNECDOCHE, NY.

  • March 1, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    countryboy re: horror

    by slayer522

    You are correct sir. From a review: "About fifteen minutes into Synecdoche, New York I realized that this movie is the horror project. It’s not a traditional horror movie by any means, opting instead to show us the literal horrors of everyday life that we all experience."

  • March 1, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Charlie Rules!

    by Henry Fool

    I've never had an ill opinion of anything Charlie Kauffman has ever written. I even liked the much reviled Human Nature, both in spite and because of its over the top audacity. I love how Tim Robbins narrates from beyond the grave and Miranda Otto's French accent. Blast it all, that movie was funny, damn it!<br /> <br /> We're facing the depletion of our resources and economic collapse in our lifetimes. I hope this is a movie that has insightful things to say about those topics. It sounds like it could be Jonze/Kauffman's "Dr. Strangelove".

  • March 1, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST

    thanks for the confirmation, slayer

    by CountryBoy

    That movie WAS pretty creepy...

  • March 1, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    I love the idea

    by Teddy Artery

    Pregnant with conspiracy-style undertones. Beep! Beep!

  • March 1, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST


    by lucky slevin

    thats hot. my first thoughts were strangelove 2 as well krod

  • March 1, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Is Megan Ellison single?

    by tlsonata

    Because she seems to be going after my heart. She is putting up dream projects left and right. I hope to God some of them make money. Between this and the PTA's Scientology project, I can't wait to see what she funds next.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a job for

    by Phategod100

    John Qusack

  • March 1, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST




  • March 1, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Fuck yes.

    by Rhuragh

    Adaptation is one of the best films of the 2000s. I can't fucking wait to see Kaufman and Jonze working together again.

  • March 1, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    My favorite so far is Kaufman directing a Kaufman screenplay

    by bottombrick

    But still very psyched, always down for more Kaufman.

  • While I was watching it I didn't think I liked it, but I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I shut it off.

  • March 1, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Movies would be better if...

    by SnootyBoots

    Screenwriters in general were given the love and respect that Kaufman gets. The auteur theory is nonsense.

  • March 1, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    I sure hope it's pretentious!

    by thecinemasnob

    *fingers crossed*

  • March 1, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Kind of like the beginning of The Naked Gun

    by ides

    But not all evil, I guess.

  • March 1, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST

    They should make a surreal film starring Charlie Sheen as himself

    by Bobo_Vision

    Reunited after Being John Malkovich.

  • March 2, 2011, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Will this be called Bilderderbergers???

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    I'm way down, this sounds genius!!!

  • March 2, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    uhoh spike jonez might be assasinated

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

  • March 2, 2011, 1:24 a.m. CST

    As far as this being a "Lefty Lib wankfest"

    by IndustryKiller!

    I LOVE the charge from the conservative that making fun of the idea that there is some kind of vast governmental conspiracy out to screw us is the exclusive domain of the Liberal. That's a pretty great delineation line to draw between the two ideologies and their respective levels of reason and intelligence.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:40 a.m. CST

    God I love Adaptation

    by Bass Ackwards

    Cannot wait to see what these two have in store for us next.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Sorry Haters....

    by djscott95

    But the best Kaufman film is "Synedoche, New York". The Best Jonze film is "Where the Wild Things Are". So as good as they have been together, they have been better apart. That said. This sounds rich in potential. Can't wait for it.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:04 a.m. CST

    This cannot happen soon enough!

    by fustfick

    Kaufman is brilliant. He writes movies that seem like they're really meant to be movies and can only be fully formed through the artistry of motion pictures. "Adaptation" is truly a modern masterpiece and it amazes me to think this movie, with so many layers to it even the one word title has multiple meanings, lost the Adapted Screenplay Oscar to "The Pianist." Needless to say, I am quite excited about this very cool news.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:27 a.m. CST

    I was roommates with em in college. Smoked a lot of

    by UltraTron

    pot with these guys.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Malchovich malchovich malchovich!!!

    by UltraTron

  • March 2, 2011, 2:31 a.m. CST


    by Chang-A-Lang

    I don't believe Jonze ever attended college, let alone with Kaufman. Nice try, though.

  • March 2, 2011, 6:50 a.m. CST

    I havnt been this happy since...

    by Citizin_insane of that lady producing Paul Thomas Anderson's "the master" movie. top 3 films I'm anticipating TDKR The master This

  • March 2, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST


    by Fixthe Fernback

    Love Kaufman's work, even Synedoche. Can't wait...

  • March 2, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Expect nothing less than GENIUS!

    by BradZuhl

    Adaptation and Being John Malkovich are just plain brilliant. Hope these guys can complete the trifecta with another work of awesomeness!

  • March 2, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST


    by oisin5199

    Waste of time? Jonze's Wild Things was probably one of the most dead-on amazing films about childhood and the experiences of being a young boy trying to figure out where he fits and dealing with complex emotions. Instant classic.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    A a lefty-lib wankfest?...

    by donkingkong

    Uh yea totally sounds like it. Anyway, cool news indeed.

  • March 2, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Apparently persecuted conservatives need to complain

    by Flip63Hole

    about something. ANYTHING. It's in their blood (and punditry).

  • March 2, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Bilderberg! impressive

    by shogunshin

    so these guys are making a film about the bilderberg meetings. hopefully they point out the fact this truly happens, because i for one, am sick of wars, and i am sick of elitism, and i am sick of ethnocentrism.

  • March 2, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Where the Neurotic Things Are

    by animatronicmojo

    I really, really wanted to love Where the Wild Things Are, and maybe I just went in with too many expectations, but I think it should really win the award for "Most Depressing Children's Movie Ever." OK, so it's not a children's movie, it's a film about the pain of childhood. Whatever. So go see masterpieces like "Ivan's Childhood" or "Come and See" if joyless children-in-a-fallen-world-of-pain movies are your thing. I guess what I hated most about it was that it just didn't feel at all like the book, and the second Max (who was also too old), runs away from home instead of his bedroom turning a forest, the movie lost me. I'm sorry, but that scene is the key and most magical image of the book, which has endured with me since childhood. This, the absence of that crazy long-necked serpent creature as Max sails in, that it was filmed in a burnt out forest instead of a jungle, etc., all just felt like very weird and kind of bitter omissions to me. Also, I certainly don't remember the Wild Things spending sooooo much time kvetching about their chronic manic depression. More like, "Where the Borderline Personality Disorders Are." God! I hate this movie. Still, Spike Jonze is a genius and is more than entitled to an interesting failure or two. His collaborations with Kaufman are legendary, and have produced two of the very best films I've ever seen. I also really loved "Synecdoche, New York," but I wouldn't have minded at all if Jonze had directed that one, as well, because it almost felt like the culmination of a trilogy. This one sounds like it could be great, so here's hoping that Spike can finally put Sophia Coppola (and her blatantly mean-spirited and narcissistic betrayal and trashing of him in her smells-like-filthy-laundry "Lost in Translation") behind him and make another masterpiece with Kaufman. And, yes, that would be awesome if Charlie Sheen reappeared as "himself."

  • March 2, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    his bedroom turning INTO a forest

    by animatronicmojo

    When, god, will we be able to edit these posts?!

  • March 2, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    QUANTUM OF SOLACE already tackled Bilderberg...

    by BurnHollywood

    I thought the idea of the Quantum (Bilderberg) Group holding its meeting during an opera via Bluetooth was a brilliant gimmick, but then again, I actually dug that movie...

  • March 2, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST


    by Fixthe Fernback

    your not alone, me too. Gagging for the next Bond...

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