Warner Bros. Backs Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman's Latest; Joaquin Phoenix to Star

Warner Bros. Backs Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman's Latest; Joaquin Phoenix to Star

Jul 13, 2011

Actor Joaquin PhoenixBack in March, rumors began to swirl that director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman had a new, untitled, project being shopped around Hollywood. Naturally, we were excited by the news – Jonze and Kaufman’s previous collaborations – Being John Malkovich and Adaptation – stand as two of the more interesting films of the past few years. Seeing these guys reunite for a third project should make anyone who loves cinema that breaks from the mainstream giddy.

Things got quiet after that initial report, but today our friends at Twitch have an update on the new film. It seems the still unnamed project now has a studio onboard to back it. Twitch reports that Warner Bros. has joined the team and will work with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Productions to push the movie into development.

The good news doesn’t end there, though – the site says the film has a star as well, none other than Joaquin Phoenix. Plot details are still being kept under wraps – with the only logline we’ve seen appearing in Deadline’s original story about the script being shopped. According to them, the film will be a political satire about “how world leaders gather to figure out all the seismic events that will take place in the world, from oil prices to wars that will be waged." It’s hard to even imagine what the film will be like, but we’ll keep you posted as the project winds its way through the development process.

Does news of Jonze and Kaufman reuniting pique your interest, or will you take a wait and see approach to see where this project is headed before getting your hopes up? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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