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Charlie Kaufman Is Adapting Sci-Fi Novel 'IQ 83' as a Film Starring Steve Carell

Over the summer it was announced that FX passed on Charlie Kaufman's comedy pilot starring Michael Cera and John Hawkes, but now Kaufman has a new project in the works with a big comedy star. Deadline reports that Kaufman has signed on to rewrite the film adaptation for IQ 83 based on Arthur Herzog's 1978 science fiction novel about a virus outbreak that lowers humanity's IQs, and Steve Carell is attached to star. Here's a description of the book via Coming Soon:

You are Dr. James Healey and last week you were a genius. That was before the DNA experiments. Before the accident you said could [...]

Michael Cera and John Hawkes to Star in Charlie Kaufman's FX Comedy Pilot

Charlie Kaufman is working on a new project for TV and has some interesting names attached. According to Variety, Michael Cera and John Hawkes are both set to star in How and Why, a half-hour comedy pilot for FX that "revolves around a brilliant man who understands nuclear physics but is clueless about how life works." The pilot will be filmed sometime this spring, and Kaufman will produce with his Eternal Sunshine collaborator Anthony Bregman.

Kaufman's had a few recent projects that didn't didn't come to onscreen fruition, including an HBO comedy starring Catherine Keener and Frank or Francis, a feature film starring Jack Black, Elizabeth [...]

Help Fund Charlie Kaufman, Dan Harmon, and Dino Stamatopoulos's Stop-Motion Animated Film!!!!!

You aren't dreaming. This is real. This is the most exciting thing since… What was the most exciting thing before sliced bread? The Wheel? Fire? This is the most exciting thing since the cavemen set a wheel on fire. The film, which is entitled Anomalisa, is described as:

Charlie Kaufman Is Creating an HBO Comedy Starring Catherine Keener

Former Dana Carvey Show writer Charlie Kaufman, who has since written a lot of super awesome movies like Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, is set to write and direct a HBO comedy that looks at "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." Frequent Kaufman collaborator Catherine Keener, who generally is really great, will play that woman. Considering this is Kaufman, there will probably also be some crazy high-concept twist like all the characters in the show live on a TV set inside the mind of a character named [...]

FX Passes on Charlie Kaufman's Comedy Pilot Starring Michael Cera and John Hawkes

While FX revealed some good news today about Louie's future, along with that came some bad news for the fate of the Charlie Kaufman comedy pilot they ordered back in January. According to THR, How and Why – Kaufman's single-cam pilot and potential return to television that stars Michael Cera and John Hawkes and also had Catherine Keener and Sally Hawkins attached to appear — has been officially passed on by FX. Producers are now searching for a new outlet for the show; Netflix reportedly passed on it as well, but IFC is now being seen as its "potential home."

What Chevy Did and All the Best Parts from Dan Harmon's AMA

Dan Harmon did a Reddit AMA yesterday and, of course, it was the best and nerdiest. He talked about what was the specific Chevy Chase straw that broke his camel back, meeting Charlie Kaufman and Mitch Hurwitz, and tons more. The best quotes are below:

What actually happened with Chevy:

He refused to do the "tag" for the Digital Estate Planning episode (the 8 bit video game episode). In the scripted tag, Abed comes to Pierce with the thumb drive he took, and says "Pierce, I've been able to adjust some of the code for your Dad's video game and I've made a version I think you might [...]

Is Charlie Kaufman's Next Movie Dead in the Water?

Sad news for Charlie Kaufman fans excited for his upcoming movie Frank or Francis: according to Elizabeth Banks, who was supposed to be in it, the whole thing "fell apart at the last minute." It was supposed to star Steve Carell, Jack Black, Kevin Kline, Kate Winslet, Catherine Keener, and Nicolas Cage in addition to Banks, and the plot was said to center on a bitter online film critic to be played by Black. All is not lost, however, as it may just have been pushed back for scheduling reasons. And if you were a bigger fan of Kaufman's collaborations with Spike Jonze than his own directorial work, [...]

The World's Population May Die With Excitement Over a Charlie Kaufman Novel

Charlie Kaufman is writing a novel, and considering the power of his movies to make people go, "Whoa, that's an inventive way to articulate exactly how I didn't know I felt about art and communication and identity and the human condition," it's probably gonna be PRETTY GOOD. Meanwhile, we'll wait it out, along with Kaufman's upcoming movie musical Frank or Francis, starring Steve Carell and Jack Black as a director and a blog commenter. Don't hold your breath for that one! (Not because it sounds bad. Because it won't be out for months and you will die if you go that long without breathing. Do not die.)

Catherine Keener and Sally Hawkins Join Charlie Kaufman's FX Pilot 'How and Why'

In January it was announced that Charlie Kaufman was developing an FX pilot with Michael Cera and John Hawkes attached to star, and today Variety reports that Catherine Keener and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) have also signed on to star in the project. If How and Why gets picked up to series, Keener will be billed as a guest star and Hawkins will be credited as a series regular, though the details of their characters are being kept under wraps. The single-camera comedy follows a man who knows a lot about nuclear physics but nothing about life and begins shooting this April. Keener and Kaufman have worked [...]

The Prescient Celebrity Obsession of 'Being John Malkovich'

I have been to the dark side and back! I have seen a world that no man should see! —John Malkovich, Being John Malkovich

It’s been over a decade since Being John Malkovich wriggled through the existential wormhole that connects Charlie Kaufman’s brain with American cineplexes and still its electrifying inventiveness remains largely unrivaled. So original and bizarre was almost every facet of the Spike Jonze-helmed horror comedy that the existence of an office building with an appropriately proportioned 7th ½ floor registered as barely more than a footnote in its narrative. Hailed upon its release in 1999 as one of Hollywood’s most wickedly innovative triumphs, Being John Malkovich [...]

A Look Back At Charlie Kaufman's Sitcom Work

Charlie Kaufman isn’t exactly an impersonal writer. His attempts to adapt The Orchid Thief turned into Adaptation., a movie about a painfully self-aware screenwriter named “Charlie Kaufman” falling apart while attempting to adapt The Orchid Thief. It’s a struggle to imagine Kaufman, either fictionalized or IRL, thriving in the anonymous and often abrasive environment of a sitcom writer’s room. So it’s surprising that, before breaking into screenwriting, Kaufman worked in television for almost a decade, staffing on sketch shows like The Dana Carvey Show and The Edge and sitcoms like Get A Life and Ned & Stacey.

There’s evidence to support the idea that Kaufman might not have thrived [...]