Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, and Steve Carell In Charlie Kaufman's Latest!
Love Charlie Kaufman's work, just love it. He thinks around corners in a very unusual and original way, and his worldview is never dull. He's written one of my favorite films of the Aughts, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, and it looks like his second directorial effort is ramping up. It's called FRANK OR FRANCIS, and it looks like he's signed Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, and Steve Carell for the film.
FRANK OR FRANCIS should be a perfect film for Talkbackers. The plot centers around a film director (Frank) who gets into a war of words with an online blogger (Francis) who trashes his cinematic abilities. No word on who is playing who, but c'mon, Jack Black's obviously playing the blogger. Put a thick beard on him and he could play Devin Faraci! Devin'll likely rip me a new one for suggesting it. This should be a fun movie.
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July 22, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST
I think I've seen how it ends...fanboys make ridiculous demands, studios try to push for everything, and the director makes a piece of shit movie, angers fanboys further. Director wins.
July 22, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST
some people here are probably in it.
July 22, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST
by mick vance
of a movie idea i had. it's where a director just releases a few snippets of footage in a teaser trailer or does some viral marketing and then sees what the people on the net hypothesize what it's about. the director takes the best ideas and makes the movie based on that.
July 22, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST
that would be gold.
July 22, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST
is the new mortal kombat character
July 22, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST
July 22, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST
by Mr. Pricklepants
July 22, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST
July 22, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST
Synecdoche, NY was such a self-absorbed, self-pitying, sluggish mess. It actually made me reassess Kaufman’s previous movies and decide that I didn’t really like them either. Except maybe Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
July 22, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST
Sounds a bit Ed Wood... interesting.
July 22, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST
Welcome back Charlie.
July 22, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST
No word yet on who's playing Danny Glover.
July 22, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST
Been too long for some Kaufman. Sounds very interesting. I like the casting even though I'm not keen on Cage but I thought he was good in Adaptation.
July 22, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST
to play the role of DannyGloversdickblood! Search yer soul, you know this to be true!
July 22, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST
strangepork beat me to it! lol
July 22, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST
July 22, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST
In a good way. This will be a fun one for us, I think. Can't wait. ETERNAL SUNSHINE is one of my top all time favourites. Heartbreakingly honest -- I think that's why Kaufman is such a great screenwriter. All of his films say something completely true in a really weird way.
July 22, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST
Adaptation is the greatest movie so far this century. FUCK ETERNAL SUNSHINE (it's ok)
July 22, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST
by Mark One
July 22, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST
Sci-fi at it's best.
July 22, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST
Or was it J&SBSB? Anyway.
July 22, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST
It'll be an interesting film. A spark of hope in a sea of recent shit.
July 22, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST
had his role role in Adaptation. He usually plays an action star with some dramatic chops or an off the wall semi-crazy guy. Adaptation was really none of those. He played the brothers perfectly without anything super visually obvious for us to tell the twins apart, yet you always know who is who by the subtle body language.
July 22, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST
Don't really care for Eternal Sunshine. I thought it's Kaufman's most overrated work. BJM is just pure bless.
July 22, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST
neckbeard? Jonah Hill too skinny now?
July 22, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST
Fucking genius. I'm starting to worry that Kaufman is going to out-Kubrick in his time between directing films. Nothing excites me more than whatever Kaufman decides to direct next...
July 22, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST
After that, I guess Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine. Not as crazy about the rest of his output...
July 22, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST
and Cage playing an Anton Ego-esque critic. ...Not gonna happen.
July 22, 2011, 11:21 p.m. CST
July 23, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST
July 23, 2011, 1:28 a.m. CST
July 23, 2011, 1:37 a.m. CST
The ending for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is absolutely brilliant - when Clementine is listening to the tape and hearing what a cunt Joel thinks she is...and then, even knowing how it's going to turn out, they hook up anyway - thinking they can somehow magically change each other. As crazy of a movie as it is - I don't think there's been a more realistic movie ever made...because that's exactly what we are as humans - stupid mother fuckers.
July 23, 2011, 5:27 a.m. CST
So this film is about a fictional internet nerd/talkbacker, played by Jack Black, who is hating on some guy who works in Hollywood! And here I am (a real internet nerd/talkbacker) hating on Jack Black who is, and lets not mince words here, a hideous, talentless blob of a man, a sort of incredibly loud, land based manatee with ADHD........ What does it all mean!!??????!!???!!???
July 23, 2011, 6:37 a.m. CST
July 23, 2011, 6:43 a.m. CST
Nicolas Cage will play him again. It'll be Adaptation Part II, with Jack Black as the blogger. Watch.
July 23, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST
It means that deep down, Charlie Kauffman is one of us. As if that comes as a suprise.
July 23, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST
July 23, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST
July 23, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST
None of them are perfect, but at least he fucking puts stuff on the screen that no one has ever seen before. Ballsy.
July 23, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST
Kaufman is the greatest. And Nic Cage should have won his second Oscar for ADAPTATION.
July 23, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST
Was rubbish. Too bad, since the one-sheet made it look so promising. Kaufman's writing seems to come not from a self-pitying point-of-view, as much as self-loathing. I don't see the appeal. Everyone who disagrees with me, feel free to enjoy his work.
July 23, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST
...So it makes sense he plays a Director again.
July 23, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST
by Missing Dink
July 23, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST
If you think its easy, lets see you do it! Blogger turned director is spectacularly successful and ends up with old director's wife/girlfriend
July 24, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST
I can't spell it. I had high hopes for that movie, but it was such pretentious gibberish that I almost turned it off. I mean how often do you have to show Philip Seymour Hoffman crying and acting like a worthless piece of trash? Couldn't connect with that character at all, and the movie within movie conceit just was so wasted. A movie that wanted to be clever, but sunk because it tried so hard. I think Kaufman's got quality in him, but if he keeps trying to be weighty instead of just telling a story... well, we all know the parable about anchors and aristocrats.
July 27, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST
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