FX Orders Charlie Kaufman Comedy Pilot

By | Thursday March 28, 2013 @ 7:48am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

FX Networks has greenlighted How And Why, a half-hour comedy pilot from Oscar winner Charlie Kaufman. It tells the story of a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about … Read More »

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Charlie Kaufman Film Gets Crowdfunding

By | Tuesday September 18, 2012 @ 3:37am PDT

Charlie Kaufman and his producing partners — former Community showrunner Dan Harmon and Dino Stamatopoulos — do not want to deal with Hollywood, and now at least for one project they don’t have to. A stop-motion animation adaptation of the Kaufman-written play Anomalisa raised $406,237 for the film’s production in 60 days via the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. “We want to make Anomalisa without the interference of the typical big-studio process,” according to a pitch video that Harmon and Stamatopoulos’ Starburns Industries put up on the project page. The film raised more than double the money the producers were asking from 5,770 Kickstarter backers. Read More »

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HBO Developing Comedy Series Starring Catherine Keener And Written & Directed By Charlie Kaufman

By | Monday May 21, 2012 @ 4:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Catherine Keener HBOEXCLUSIVE: Frequent feature collaborators Charlie Kaufman and Catherine Keener are teaming for a TV series project. In a competitive situation, a half-hour comedy starring Oscar nominee Keener and to be written and directed by Oscar winner Kaufman has landed at HBO, which has put it on fast-track development. The untitled comedy is described as an exploration of one day in a woman’s life and how the events leading up to it can affect, or not, the reality in which she lives. Kaufman is executive producing; Keener serves as producer.

Charlie Kaufman HBOOver the last decade, Keener had been frequently pursued to do TV series, something she had declined to do until now. For her first series starring vehicle, she opted to team with a writer-director whom she has worked with before and who knows her well. Keener starred in Kaufman’s feature directorial debut Synecdoche, New York. She appeared in two movies written by him – Synecdoche and Being John Malkovich – and also did a cameo in the Kaufman-penned Adaptation. Keener also is set to co-star in Kaufman’s next movie, Frank Or Francis, opposite Steve Carell and Jack Black. Both Keener and Kaufman earned Oscar nominations for Being John Malkovich. Gersh-repped Keener also was nominated for Capote; WME-repped Kaufman was nominated for Adaptation and won a best screenplay Oscar for Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Read More »

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Charlie Kaufman Sets Debut Novel At Grand Central Publishing

By | Wednesday March 28, 2012 @ 4:33pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is putting that cosmic mind of his toward his first book. Kaufman, whose scripts include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Human Nature and Being John Malkovich, has just closed … Read More »

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Charlie Kaufman Attaches Steve Carell, Jack Black And Nicolas Cage To ‘Frank Or Francis’

By | Friday July 22, 2011 @ 11:42am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Charlie Kaufman is attaching Jack Black and Nicolas Cage and is talking to Steve Carell to star in  Frank Or Francis, the next film Kaufman will direct.  Kaufman’s projects are always shrouded in mystery (sometimes even after you’ve seen … Read More »

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Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures Acquiring Reteam From Charlie Kaufman And Spike Jonze

By | Tuesday March 1, 2011 @ 2:09pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is negotiating to acquire an untitled satire that will re-team screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Spike Jonze, the tandem behind the mind-benders Adaptation and Being John Malkovich. The project was pitched recently to financiers, and … Read More »

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Scribe Charlie Kaufman Exits UTA For WME

By | Thursday November 11, 2010 @ 11:41am PST

He was repped for 15 years by UTA, and again this is a case of an agency having done right by a loyal and longtime client. After all, Charlie Kaufman writes some of Hollywood’s quirkiest screenplays and yet UTA helped them get made, from Being John Malkovich to Adaptation, to … Read More »

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