Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman to Tag-Team Another Movie

We’ve reported before about billionaire heiress Megan Ellison, who has used her fortune to start Annapurna Pictures, a company whose sole purpose seems to be giving awesome filmmakers money so that they can make awesome movies. Well, it looks like she’s at it again. Deadline Sandy Fork reports that she is negotiating to take on an as-of-yet untitled film that will reunite the writing/directing team of Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze. When those two men teamed before we ended up getting Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. I don’t know about you, but I thought both of those movies were just the bee’s knees.

The film they are set to make is said to be a parody-heavy take on things that Alex Jones has been trying to convince us are really happening with his conspiracy theory documentaries. It will be a dramatization of the world’s most powerful leaders meeting in a secret room to plan out all of the upcoming happenings that will steer the course of human history. Marry that with Jonze’s innovative visual style and Kaufman’s mind-bending writing style and it looks like something special is in the works. We’ve seen the duo do darkly funny and strangely interesting before, but we’ve never seen them try to tackle something that looks this political. I was entranced enough watching them tell a story about orchids, but when they take on issues like impending wars and global oil trading prices we might get an enduring classic the likes of Dr. Strangelove or Man of the Year.

In addition to this re-teaming of Kaufman and Jonze, Ellison is also said to be involved with several PT Anderson films, John Hillcoat’s The Wettest County in the West, Andrew Dominick’s Cogan’s Trade, and Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmasters. Factor in that she has already had a hand in producing the Coen’s True Grit and soon film fans may have a new dark overlord to bow down to. Werner Herzog better watch his back.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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