By our guest blogger, Nick Hanover
Deadline has the exciting news that Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman may be reuniting for their first project together since 2002's Adaptation. Jonze and Kaufman have attempted to work together several times since that film, most notably on Kaufman's directorial debut Synecdoche, New York, which was originally meant to be a vehicle for Jonze. The duo's most recent attempt at collaboration is said to concern a group of world leaders who get together to discuss how they'll shape the world through key events.
The pitch for the project was made to Megan Ellison, the wealthy heiress daughter of Oracle chief Larry Ellison, who recently made waves for her invaluable contributions to the financing of True Grit. Ellison has been a power player as of late in Hollywood, working to develop a film on Wikileaks as well as importing Wong Kar-Wai's most recent work. Kaufman has been busy as well, allegedly working on a project for Sony Pictures called Frank or Francis. That film is said to center around the relationship between the film director Frank and his harsh online critic Francis.
The potential for a new Jonze/Kaufman collaboration, though, is likely to be huge. As successful as Jonze and Kaufman's efforts outside of each other have been, their biggest hits remain the films they've made as a duo, which have garnered Kaufman several Oscar nominations (his only win has been for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Michel Gondry).