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Deadline broke the news and they say the script is a satire about world leaders who rally together in an attempt to predict the world's next major events like world wars and oil crises. Ellison is making her mark amongst Hollywood by opting to finance arthouse productions with limited appeal. She is reportedly after the rights to finance Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Inherent Vice, as well as his very controversial quasi Scientology parable tentatively titled The Master. She also has deals with John Hillcoat's The Wettest County in the World, Andrew Dominik's Cogan's Trade as well as moving forward on one of the many Julian Assange projects floating around. She really made a splash this year by having her name on True Grit, the multi Oscar nominated Coen Bros Western. There are also rumours that Charlie Kaufman is looking to set up his Frank or Francis project with Ellison and Annapurna Productions. We'll keep you posted." ["post_title"]=> string(67) "Megan Ellison Could Finance The Charlie Kaufman/Spike Jonze Re-Team" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(251) "Late last year we brought you news that head scrambling, genius writer Charlie Kaufman and his old partner the visually crafty Spike Jonze would re-team for a new project, which we so far had no details on. Well now this appears to be moving forward. " ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(55) "megan-ellison-finance-charlie-kaufmanspike-jonze-reteam" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(323) "http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/spike-jonze-and-charlie-kaufman-to-re-team-on-a-new-secret-project/ http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/hours-michael-bay-talks-transformer-tupac-biopic-paul-thomas-anderson-films-financed/ http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/gary-oldman-guy-pearce-mia-wasikowska-join-wettest-county-world/" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2012-12-01 16:44:25" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2012-12-01 21:44:25" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(36) "http://wegotthiscovered.com/?p=27252" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [5]=> object(WP_Post)#365 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(15882) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "28" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2010-12-16 18:19:05" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2010-12-16 23:19:05" ["post_content"]=> string(2376) " This is only a small piece of news but by all means a very interesting small piece. The team who brought you some truly original work: Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman, are going to be collaborating again after doing a couple of projects separately. The project is only at the pitching stage and there is no script yet but any details are being kept very close to their chests. According to the LA Times the film will not be Kaufman's musical Frank or Francis, a Hollywood satire which is would be told very much in the same style as Adaptation. This secret project would mark the first time Jonze and Kaufman will have worked together since 2002 on Adaptation after both going off to do other projects and films alone. Jonze plied his craft to the critically acclaimed screen version of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, while Kaufman wrote his Oscar winning script to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and his own directorial debut Synecdoche, New York. For Kaufman this announcement of a new project with his former collaborator seems a little odd, considering he was quoted as saying:
I don‘t know how I could go back to giving [one of my scripts] to another director unless I have to. Although I‘ve worked with three directors and enjoyed working with two of them a lot, I feel like this is my stuff and I‘ve got a taste for doing it and controlling it and not having to answer to people.
Regardless of his reasons, I am very excited to see the team behind Being John Malkovich (which is one of my very favourite films) reuniting. We'll keep you posted when more details come through." ["post_title"]=> string(68) "Spike Jonze And Charlie Kaufman To Re-Team On A New 'Secret' Project" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(923) "The team who brought you some truly original work: Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman, are going to be collaborating again after doing a couple of projects separately. The project is only at the pitching stage and there is no script yet but any details are being kept very close to their chests. According to the LA Times the film will not be Kaufman's musical Frank or Francis, a Hollywood satire which is would be told very much in the same style as Adaptation. This secret project would mark the first time Jonze and Kaufman will have worked together since 2002 on Adaptation after both going off to do other projects and projects alone. Jonze plied his craft to critically acclaimed screen version of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, while Kaufman wrote his Oscar winning script to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and his own directorial debut Synecdoche, New York." ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(66) "spike-jonze-and-charlie-kaufman-to-re-team-on-a-new-secret-project" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2010-12-16 18:22:34" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2010-12-16 23:22:34" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(36) "http://wegotthiscovered.com/?p=15882" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } } ["post_count"]=> int(6) ["current_post"]=> int(-1) ["in_the_loop"]=> bool(false) ["post"]=> object(WP_Post)#360 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(181711) ["post_author"]=> string(3) "293" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2012-10-03 14:52:38" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2012-10-03 19:52:38" ["post_content"]=> string(3787) " Of all the recent comedic actors who've become their own brand, of sorts, Jack Black is by far my least favorite. Yes, I put him below Adam Sandler, mostly on account of pretending Sandler's more recent films just don't exist. During my teenage years, I loved Tenacious D, but now that I've grown up his shtick has become tiresome. In nearly every performance of his, he comes across as simply trying way too hard. Given the right role, though, Black's shtick can be made to work. Look at his bit role on Community or his starring role in The School of Rock, for exampleIf he's not the focus, or if the writer is successfully able to reign his shtick in, it really can work. Which is why I, along with many others, was eagerly anticipating seeing how he would fit in the world of Charlie Kaufman with Frank or FrancisKaufman is the same writer who managed to make double the dose of Nicolas Cage a pro as opposed to a con in Adaptation. He also revealed to the world the mostly untapped acting talents of Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. If anyone can make Black bearable, it's Kaufman. Problem is, Frank or Francis is still 10 million dollars away from being realized, says Black in an interview with Vulture.
"If anyone out there reading this can scrape together a cool 10 mil," Black says, "this thing can happen."
With a figure so small, I can't help but to wonder why Kaufman hasn't turned to Kickstarter like he did for his upcoming stop-motion animated film Anomalisa, which made more than double its target of $200,000. The money raised for Anomalisa wouldn't even cover one-twentieth of the 10 million needed to make Frank or Francis a reality, but it was a niche product, much like most of Kaufman's films. With but a few exceptions, stop-motion has never been a box-office darling, and the other names involved in the project, Dan Harmon, former Community showrunner, and Dino Stamatopoulus, known for his role as Starburns on Community, weren't exactly big draws either. Frank or Francis, however, has what could only be considered an all-star cast. Among others, it's tapped to star the aforementioned Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, Steve Carell and Elizabeth Banks. Only Kaufman's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind boasts a cast on par with that of Frank or Francis, its stars including Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo and Kirsten Dunst. It also happened to be the most profitable of all of his scripts, bringing in a little over 34 million at the box office. Raising 10 million (less than a third of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind's box office take), in order to start production on Frank or Francis doesn't seem completely out of the realm of possibility. It's worth a shot or, at the very least, a second thought. Really, read this piece from Rope of Silicon detailing, in-depth, the inner-workings of the currently stagnating film and tell me you wouldn't be the least bit interested in seeing it get made, if not also in helping make that happen." ["post_title"]=> string(66) "Charlie Kaufman's Frank Or Francis Is Only 10 Million Dollars Away" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(673) "Of all the recent comedy actors who've become their own brand, of sorts, Jack Black is by far my least favorite. Yes, I put him below Adam Sandler, mostly on account of pretending his more recent movies just don't exist. During my teenage years, I loved Tenacious D, but now that I've grown up his shtick has become tiresome. In nearly every performance of his, he comes across as simply trying way too hard. Given the right role, though, Black's shtick can be made to work. Look at his bit role on Community or his starring role in The School of Rock, for example. If he's not the focus, or if the writer is successfully able to reign his shtick in, it really can work." ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(41) "kaufmans-frank-francis-10-million-dollars" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2012-12-02 12:57:25" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2012-12-02 17:57:25" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "http://wegotthiscovered.com/?p=181711" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "7" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } ["comment_count"]=> int(0) ["current_comment"]=> int(-1) ["found_posts"]=> string(1) "6" ["max_num_pages"]=> float(1) ["max_num_comment_pages"]=> int(0) ["is_single"]=> bool(false) ["is_preview"]=> bool(false) ["is_page"]=> bool(false) ["is_archive"]=> bool(true) ["is_date"]=> bool(false) ["is_year"]=> bool(false) ["is_month"]=> bool(false) ["is_day"]=> bool(false) ["is_time"]=> bool(false) ["is_author"]=> bool(false) ["is_category"]=> bool(false) ["is_tag"]=> bool(true) ["is_tax"]=> bool(false) ["is_search"]=> bool(false) ["is_feed"]=> bool(false) ["is_comment_feed"]=> bool(false) ["is_trackback"]=> bool(false) ["is_home"]=> bool(false) ["is_404"]=> bool(false) ["is_comments_popup"]=> bool(false) ["is_paged"]=> bool(false) ["is_admin"]=> bool(false) ["is_attachment"]=> bool(false) ["is_singular"]=> bool(false) ["is_robots"]=> bool(false) ["is_posts_page"]=> bool(false) ["is_post_type_archive"]=> bool(false) ["query_vars_hash":"WP_Query":private]=> string(32) "821c553d895723feda9f8017ca379c74" ["query_vars_changed":"WP_Query":private]=> bool(false) ["thumbnails_cached"]=> bool(false) ["stopwords":"WP_Query":private]=> NULL } -->