Most aspiring screenwriters view Charlie Kaufman as somewhat of a God. The way in which he plays with basic structure and surrounds his surreal stories with very real characters is definitely something to admire. He's a star. And he's a writer. Those two words represent two worlds that rarely connect in a way that doesn't leave the latter left feeling like a piece of gum stuck to the bottom of an old shoe.
After Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, not much was known about where Kaufman was heading with his career. There was a rumored horror collaboration with Spike Jonze, though nothing new has been mentioned in a long time. And since Jonze is currently hard at work on Where the Wild Things Are, fans of Charlie Kaufman are left wondering, well, what's next for their hero? Well, according to Production Weekly, Kaufman will make his directorial debut with a film called Synecdoche. Not only that, but he managed to snag Philip Seymour Hoffman for the lead role, as well as Michelle Williams.
As far as plot goes, pic will center on an "anguished playwright and several women in his life." Now, it's not mentioned whether Kaufman also wrote the screenplay, but I assume he did. Regardless, I'm just pumped to see Kaufman directing and can't wait to see what this thing looks like. Filming it set to begin early next summer.