Netflix continues to attract top Hollywood writing and directing talent to create original films and series. This time it’s legendary writer-director Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich). Deadline reports that Kaufman will write and direct an adaptation of Iain Reid’s debut novel I’m Thinking of Ending Things. This follows recent high-profile Netflix deals with the Coen Brothers, Steven Soderbergh, and Martin Scorsese.
Reid’s novel follows a young man, Jake, on a visit to a secluded family farm with his girlfriend, who is contemplating suicide. Through a series of mishaps, the couple becomes separated that sets off a chain of events. Deadline describes the novel as “a twisted mix of palpable tension, psychological frailty, and sheer terror.” Given Kaufman’s track record for odd and obscure stories, this project fits his style brilliantly.
There’s no easy way to categorize a Kaufman film. For example, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of his best works, which is equal parts drama, comedy, fantasy, and sci-fi — and none of these labels are sufficient to describe this amazing film. Kaufman also wrote the highly-anticipated Chaos Walking, starring Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland, and Mads Mikkelsen (directed by Doug Liman). Kaufman is also no stranger to book adaptations. His previous adaptations include Adaptation and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
While the aforementioned celebrity filmmaker signings are noteworthy, this deal with Kaufman is a real coup, and perfectly aligns with Netflix’s diverse demographics and growing roster of offbeat original films. Kaufman has only directed three films to-date: Anomalisa; Synecdoche, New York; How and Why (a TV movie) — all are well-regarded movies, so there should be strong anticipation for this fourth directing gig. No casting has been announced yet.
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