Their two previous collaborations as director and writer are among the best films of the last 20 years. Now Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman are set to reunite, so long as someone accepts the pitch they've been circulating around to Hollywood financiers. According to 24 Frames, the plot is a secret and no script has yet been written.
But anyone familiar with their 'Being John Malkovich' and 'Adaptation,' as well as 'Synecdoche, New York,' which Kaufman wrote and directed while Jonze produced, might presume it will be another brilliant, mind-bending journey into self-reflexivity, to be appreciated on multiple levels. Or, depending on your reception to their work, another confusing art film to be dismissed as pretentious and self-gratifying.
Jonze is reportedly looking for his next directorial project, and this could be it. After helming two Kaufman scripts he went and made the children's book adaptation 'Where the Wild Things Are,' co-writing that with Dave Eggers, and more recently the short 'I'm Here,' which he shot from his own screenplay. Kaufman, on the other hand, does have another possible project called 'Frank or Francis,' which is said to be a musical satire of Hollywood. That doesn't sound too marketable, but if there's a little more romance than self-indulgence, say similar to Kaufman's highest-grossing film, the Michel Gondry-directed 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,' perhaps it could do well.
Couldn't Jonze also consider directing 'Frank or Francis'? Ever since his music video for Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet," he's been a primary contender to be handed a musical. But we should be grateful for whatever these guys team up for, even another film with a conventional Hollywood denouement supplied by Donald Kaufman.
It's sure to be a while before we see what comes of the mysterious pitch, but we'll keep you posted as more details come about.