‘Synecdoche’: Kaufman makes directorial debut with cast of heavy-hitters

With his name attached to Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, plus a screenwriting Oscar for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, it seems that penning well-received scripts for Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry has created some film-casting capitol for Charlie Kaufman, trying his hand as a first time director.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton and Tilda Swinton are all in negotiations to join Philip Seymour Hoffman and Michelle Williams (Production Weekly) for Synecdoche, New York – with Kaufman serving as a triple-threat screenwriter, director, and producer. Spike Jonze is co-producing the film, set to begin filming this spring in NYC.

Production company head Anthony Bregman said of Kaufman’s concept for Synecdoche: “We were kind of hoping that Charlie would write a small, contained film set in a kitchen with a couple of easy-going characters. Instead, he came up with a massive undertaking of visually elaborate worlds and stunningly complex characters and ideas.” With Keener and Williams casted as his first and second wives – respectively, and Morton as his girlfriend on the side, Hoffman plays a theater director under the belief that he’s living on borrowed time, who “ambitiously attempts to put on a play by creating a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse”. Questions of unproven director’s chair abilities aside, one only needs to refer back to any of Kaufman’s former scripts, full of Malkovich head-trippers and regretful memory-lapsers, to have faith that the man can make the size and scope of such abstract concepts seem so immanently doable, and most likely – memorable.

See also: Gushing praise for an early iteration of Synecdoche, back in September, from Sciptland.

Posted by Ted Zee on January 11th 2007 | Home Page | 0 Comments Subscribe to this site's feed

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