Nic Cage, Steve Carell, Jack Black Wanted For Charlie Kaufman's Frank Or Francis
Given all of the geeky news streaming out of Comic-Con on a minute-by-minute basis, you would think that the coolest casting details announced today would involve a superhero, a Spielberg film, or a Star Trek sequel.
Not even close.
That’s because Charlie Kaufman’s reportedly in the process of casting his next directorial effort, an indie musical titled Frank Or Francis, and Variety reports that he’s talking with Nicolas Cage, Steve Carell and Jack Black for the lead roles. That, alone, is enough to put our butt in the seat. But an insider revealed to the trade that the plot (which is being shrouded in secrecy per Kaufman’s orders) is a Hollywood satire pitting an auteur filmmaker against an online blogger. Just typing that sentence blew my mind.
Blowing minds has been Kaufman’s specialty. He penned ingenious screenplays for Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Adaptation, with Cage playing twins. And his directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York, is a brilliant ode to the creative process that virtually no one appreciated or understood. Kaufman’s scripts have brought the best out of Jim Carrey, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Cage, Kate Winslet, Sam Rockwell and Meryl Streep. Think what he could do with this trio?
If Kaufman truly is tackling the worlds of filmmaking and the blogger’s art of commenting on the filmmaking process, you just know that he’ll have plenty of insight (and likely some bile) to pour across the screen. This sounds exactly like the kind of projects we want to see Cage returning to, as well as the types of challenges Carell and Black need to be pursuing if they are going to have relevant big-screen careers.
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