Charlie Kaufman's 'Frank or Francis' Fell Apart, Reports Elizabeth Banks

June 26, 2012

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I'm sorry, but we may never get to see Kevin Kline belt out a tune as an animatronic, disembodied, screenwriting head.

Charlie Kaufman's Hollywood satire Frank or Francis--a musical that was set to feature Kline's robot head writing scripts alongside Nicolas Cage and Elizabeth Banks, with Steve Carell and Jack Black in the title roles--is apparently not going to happen.

While doing her best to promote this weekend's release of Captain Kirk Finds a Sibling, Banks delivered the bad news to Moviefone, saying of Kaufman's sophomore directorial effort, "We didn't get to shoot that movie. It was ready to go, and, as many movies do, it fell apart at the last minute." We disappointed fans of the writer can take some comfort in knowing we're at least still presumably getting that Joaquin Phoenix political satire Kaufman wrote for Spike Jonze to direct, but still... why did this have be the one time a Nicolas Cage movie somehow isn't getting made?

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