Spike Jonze/Charlie Kaufman Team-Up Happening Again: Thanks, Megan Ellison!

March 2, 2011


Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's super-rich daughter, Megan, is continuing to redeem herself for being the young heir to more money than I can fathom by paying for obviously-good-sounding films. The 25-year-old billionairess--who's put up funding for the Coens' True Grit, two future Paul Thomas Anderson features, and several other films that clearly sound promising--is now negotiating to acquire the rights to the new film Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman have been pitching. According to Deadline, the project is "a satire about how world leaders gather to figure out all the seismic events that will take place in the worlds, from oil prices to wars that will be waged," and considering it's from the team that made Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, I'm wagering the satire will blend absurdity and naturalism into something that will be both entertaining and thought provoking. And if it isn't, oh well, she has enough to waste a few million bones here and there.

Also on the Kaufman plate: Frank or Francis, a film he hopes to make his first directorial effort since the amazing Synecdoche, New York. The story concerns a rivalry between a director and a critical blogger, perhaps that I may take from this the lesson that even the lowly blogger's words can hurt. Do they, Michael Bay?


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